Denise Bibro Fine Art, in Chelsea, New York is pleased to announce its exclusive representation of Chicago artist, Tim Ripley and his first solo exhibition in New York.

Soft Cell refers to the tiny soft polymer clay forms and environments that Ripley carefully sculpts, which are the precursor for his deftly painted oil paintings on panel. Ripley’s works remind us that technology has changed the way we perceive the world around us. Simulations, reproductions, and symbols have become more “real” than the subject they represent. This concept has become central to the process of Ripley’s works. His technical method includes physically sculpting polymer clay forms, and then composing his pictorial landscape by photographing them. The artist manipulates the value, color, texture and scale with digital editing programs, in high resolution for each layer. The generated digital print serves as a reference for the painting. Color decisions are based on a combination of sources: the print, the screened digital image and the actual sculpture created. Using a technique of “wet into wet,” with tiny brushes, painting three or four times over the work, he achieves the “Smooth” gradient shading effect he desires. A gloss varnish enhances the refined surface giving each work both a clean modern effect, as well as a timeless quality.
The fundamental idea behind the arduous process is to represent the surreal pseudo digital forms and environments created through mediations of form and subject. The titles of his paintings however, were taken from the names of 80’s movies, an obtuse relation to the painting’s subject matter. Ripley’s bright and shining adolescence shines through his titles, performing as a direct reference to the culture he grew up in, and the time period that shaped his character.

Ripley has an M.F.A from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Columbia College in Illinois. Besides showing extensively in the Chicago area, Tim Ripley’s works have also been included in exhibitions in Cleveland, Ohio and Houston, Texas.


Tim Ripley reviews in ARTnews

Soft Cell

Tim Ripley
April 4 - May 11, 2013
Opens April 4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views

Purple Rain, 2012, Oil on panel, 18" x 24" x 2"

Purple Rain, 2012, Oil on panel, 18" x 24" x 2"


Purple Rain

Tim Ripley, Purple Rain, 2012

War Games

Tim Ripley, War Games, 2013

Uncle Buck

Tim Ripley, Uncle Buck, 2012

Top Gun

Tim Ripley, Top Gun, 2013

The Right Stuff

Tim Ripley, The Right Stuff, 2013

Steel Magnolias

Tim Ripley, Steel Magnolias, 2013

Ruthless People

Tim Ripley, Ruthless People, 2012

Nice Dreams

Tim Ripley, Nice Dreams, 2011

Drugstore Cowboy

Tim Ripley, Drugstore Cowboy, 2012

Dirty Dancing

Tim Ripley, Dirty Dancing, 2013

Die Hard

Tim Ripley, Die Hard, 2013

Devil Bunny

Tim Ripley, Devil Bunny, 2012

Body Heat

Tim Ripley, Body Heat, 2012

Armed and Dangerous

Tim Ripley, Armed and Dangerous, 2013

Valley Girl

Tim Ripley, Valley Girl, 2011


Tim Ripley, Annie, 2012

This is Spinal Tap *SOLD

Tim Ripley, This is Spinal Tap *SOLD, 2011

Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Tim Ripley, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, 2010

Heavy Metal

Tim Ripley, Heavy Metal, 2011


Tim Ripley, Flashdance, 2011

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