Dan Rupe, ‘River Trees, Athens, Hudson Lighthouse’, 2014, Carrie Haddad Gallery

Oil on linen in dark wood frame
22 x 22
Signed on bottom right corner

This vibrant, Fauvist-style square landscape painting of the Hudson River at twilight was created by Hudson, NY artist Dan Rupe. A group of umber and terracotta-colored trees run diagonally across the composition, while in the background the serene river surface reflects a blush pink sky. A red-orange lighthouse is also reflected in the river, accented, like everything else, by Rupe's signature crimson. Green foliage along the riverbank in both the foreground and background give a sense of midsummer. Paint is applied loosely to the panel in thick, vivid strokes, lending the piece a very palpable texture that is characteristic of Rupe's work.

The painting is complimented by a dark wood frame, and a sturdy wire is fastened across the back for easy, professional-quality installation.

About the artist and work:

Dan Rupe paints only from life, his composition ruled by his intuitive sense of formal order. He begins covering his canvas with a deep crimson wash. This ground gives his brilliant pure color , applied with an expressive, direct gesture, an electric charge. No matter how often or how long one looks at a Rupe painting, it is always the present tense. The tone of his palette, the freshness and clarity of primary colors, reflects an optimistic attitude, an intrinsic love of life. Rupe studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts.

Celebrating over 25 years representing artists of the Hudson Valley and beyond, Carrie Haddad Gallery hosts 7 exhibits a year featuring painting, photography, mixed media and large & small sculpture.

About Dan Rupe