His paintings are expressive reactions to the wild landscape as well as the human form. Decades of outdoor activities, twelve years of work as a biological surveyor and countless hours of field drawing and painting in the rugged backcountry of western Canada continue to shape his work.
His art has been in more than 20 single and group exhibitions across Canada including faculty shows for the Kootenay School of Art, Victoria College of Art, Red Deer College of Art and others. His work is in collections across North America.
Rick has taught art to thousands of students for over 25 years at numerous art schools, public art galleries and in the public school system. He has taught at the Okanagan School of the Arts, Selkirk College and the Kootenay School of Art among others. Rick is an award-winning cartoonist/illustrator published in many major Canadian newspapers and magazines. His cartoon and illustration work has garnered several national and international awards and is in the permanent collection of the National Archives of Canada. He studied drawing and design at the University of British Columbia, The University of Ottawa, and Emily Carr College of Art and Design and has attended a number of artist residencies in British Columbia, twice receiving full scholarship to the Tony Onley artists project in Wells, BC.
Rick’s recent solo public gallery shows include ‘Field Tested’ at the Gibsons Pubolic Art Gallery, ‘Expressing a landscape” at the Campbell River Art Gallery, and ‘In, Around and Above’ at the Grand Forks Art Gallery.
RICK CEPELLA—ARTIST’S STATEMENT
“My art is primarily an expressive reaction to and association with the wild landscape informed by much study of 1) the natural world 2) the human form and 3) the art of masters past and present.”
Join Rick for his upcoming intensive “Landscape: From Sketch To Finished Work” on May 14 at the Arts Building.