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Artist Studio: Sheldon Tapley


Sheldon Tapley
139 Saint Mildred's Ct.
Danville, KY  40422
www.sheldontapley.com


Born: 1959 (Maracaibo, Venezuela)

Lived/Active: Kentucky / Venezuela

Profession(s): Painter

Known for: Still Life, Figural

Style(s): Realist

Medium(s): Oil, Pastel, Charcoal

Price Information as of 12/20/2007:
$3,000 for small oils and pastels to $30,000 for large oils. $500 to $6,000 for drawings.

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Artist Biography:
Sheldon Tapley is a painter, draftsman and teacher.  Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in 1959, to British parents, and raised in Europe and North America, he lives in Danville, Kentucky and teaches at Centre College. Best known for his still life paintings that depict familiar objects in lively, complex compositions, he has also worked as a landscapist, and more recently as figurative artist.

The images “have a magical believability”, said the late Peter Tatistcheff, founder of Tatistcheff Gallery, which was for more than thirty years, one of the most prominent venues of American realist painting. Tapley's first New York solo show there, in 1998, was reviewed in The New Yorker.

Tatistcheff Gallery presented another solo exhibition in 2002, and sent works to a 2004 exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Art. That show included thirty of Tapley's still lifes from the previous ten years; many of the works shown were loans from museum, academic, corporate and private collections across the United States. In 2008, The Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento presented a major exhibit of Tapley’s art.

The Evansville Museum honored Tapley as the Martha & Merrit deJong Memorial Artist-in-Residence in 2004. He received a 1998 Al Smith Fellowship from the The Kentucky Arts Council. He has held an endowed professorship at Centre College since 2002, and is now the Stodghill Professor of Painting and Drawing.

“Tapley masterfully blends the discipline of a hard-earned classical technique with a vision that is thoroughly modern and personal,” wrote Bill Creevy in a feature article for American Artist, November 1999. The artist's pastel, "Jury Rig", was on the cover of the magazine.

Kentucky Educational Television included Tapley in the 2001 series Looking at Painting. He was filmed at work in his studio and at the Speed Museum in Louisville, discussing a still life painting by Cézanne.


Studied:
B.A. Art, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, 1976-80
M.F.A. Printmaking, University of Nebrask at Lincoln, 1980-83

Museums:
Evansville Museum, Evansville, Indiana
Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Owensboro, Kentucky
University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, Kentucky


Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2008 Center For Contemporary Art, Sacramento; Sacramento, California; Solo Exhibition
2004 Evansville Museum; Evansville, Indiana; Solo Exhibition
2003 Owensboro Museum of Fine Art; Owensboro, Kentucky; Solo Exhibition
1990 Norton Center For The Arts; Danville, Kentucky; Solo Exhibition

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
SOLO GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
2002 Tatistcheff Gallery;New York, New York
1998 Tatistcheff Gallery; New York, New York
1996 Linda Schwartz Gallery; Lexington, Kentucky
1994 Linda Schwartz Gallery; Lexington, Kentucky
1992 Linda Schwartz Gallery; Lexington, Kentucky
1991 Harris Gallery; Houston, Texas
1991 Barucci Gallery; St. Louis, Missouri
1988 Harris Gallery; Houston, Texas
1986 Morehead State University; Morehead, Kentucky

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011
National Contemporary Realism 2011 M. A. Doran Gallery Tulsa, Oklahoma
Kentucky Visions at the Capitol Capitol Annex Frankfort, Kentucky
TAPPED Manifest Gallery Cincinnati, Ohio

2010
Kentucky Visions at the Capitol Capitol Annex Frankfort, Kentucky
National Contemporary Realism 2010 M. A. Doran Gallery Tulsa, Oklahoma

2009
30th Anniversary Celebration Show M. A. Doran Gallery Tulsa, Oklahoma
NUDE Manifest Gallery Cincinnati, Ohio
PAUSE Manifest Gallery Cincinnati, Ohio

2008
Visions: The James Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings Naples Museum of Art, Naples Florida and Arkansas Arts Center; Little Rock, Arkansas

2006 Artists At And After Grinnell; Faulconer Gallery; Grinnell College, Iowa
2005 Gallery Artists (December); Tatistcheff Gallery; New York, New York
2005 Gallery Artists (September); Tatistcheff Gallery; New York, New York
2005 Annual Collector's Exhibition; Arkansas Center for Contemporary Art; Little Rock, Arkansas
2005 Dances of Death; Tatistcheff Gallery; New York, New York
2005 The Ever-Changing Landscape; Kentucky Museum of Art+Design; Louisville, Kentucky
2003 Contemporary American Realism VI; M. A. Doran Gallery; Tulsa, Oklahoma
2002 Annual Collector's Exhibition; Arkansas Center for Contemporary Art; Little Rock, Arkansas;
2001 Gallery Artists; Tatistcheff Gallery; New York, New York
2001 Contemporary American Realism IV; M. A. Doran Gallery; Tulsa, Oklahoma
2000 Gallery Artists; Tatistcheff Gallery; New York, New York
2000 Contemporary American Realism III; M. A. Doran Gallery; Tulsa, Oklahoma
1999 Summer Group & Introductions; Tatistcheff Gallery; New York, New York
1999 Regional Artists in the Collection; Univ. of Kentucky Art Museum; Lexington, Kentucky

Magazine and Newspaper References:
2008 New Old Masters, exhibition review in The Sacramento Bee, by Victoria Dalkey, March.

2007 Visions: Selections From the James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings, illustrated catalog with essay by Townsend Wolfe.

2005 Kentucky Homes and Gardens Magazine, “Magical Believability”, an illustrated feature article by Cynthia Rush, Nov-Dec 2005.

2004 Sheldon Tapley, essay by John Streetman, Director, The Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science, in a catalog published by the museum to accompany a solo exhibition of the same title. April.

2001 Looking at Painting. A KET video production, written & directed by Robert Tharsing.

2001 Tulsa World. Review: " 'American Realism' Exhibit seeks the Dreams Beneath the Surface".

2000 New American Paintings, Volume 28, Open Studios Press. Selected by Charlotte Kurik, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art.

1999 American Artist magazine, “Where Past and Present Meet”, by Bill Creevy. Cover illustration and illustrated feature article. November.

1998 The New Yorker, review in "Goings on About Town". October 19.

1996 Natural Collections, essay by Rachel Sadinsky, Curator, The University of Kentucky Art Museum, in a catalog published by Linda Schwartz Gallery.


Dealers or Representatives:
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