Peter McCarthy
Painting by Robert Kippur
Painting by Robert Kippur
Image: Humbaba Fine Art

In an exclusive first for Roosevelt Island, Gallery RIVAA presents the recently discovered works of shocking outsider artist, Robert Kippur, who drove a bus by day and painted his nightmares in isolation at night.

"Kippur​, an art school reject,​ was completely self-taught. ​His painterly ​brushstrokes are paired with colors so vibrant they border on the distorted. Figures in electric purples, greens, and pallid yellows partake in distorted orgies of dual mutilation and ecstasy, looking away from one another in agony​ like contemporary version's of the damned in Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights or Michelangelo's The Last Judgement," says Humbaba Fine Art, which presents the debut collection.

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Because of Kippur's difficult personality and lack of social skills, his paintings were unknown to public until after his death when the City discovered and share them with art dealers.

"The sheer scale, ambition, and visceral nature of this body of work has never been seen in the field of “Outsider Art”. The works are beautifully crafted with thick brush strokes reminiscent of the School of London artists such as Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach. ​ Robert Kippur painted his ​crippling anxieties​."

Gallery RIVAA and Humbaba Fine Art invite you to a public Grand Opening Reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on February 8th at the main gallery, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. This startling exhibit will remain on view until February 25th.

More details about the artist, click here.