RAVI ZUPA

Strike Everywhere
Main Gallery
March 2016

Black Book Gallery is excited to announce the annual return of Denver artist Ravi Zupa for his upcoming solo show titled “Strike Everywhere”. The title of the exhibit is a reference to a new series of work and an apt way to describe Ravi’s overall creative process. What set’s Ravi apart from many artists is his ability to utilize a variety of traditional and unique methods to create his artwork. A quote from Shepard Fairey conveys this well: “I see a lot of great art, but as an artist with an astounding command of a broad range of techniques and aesthetics, Ravi Zupa is a rare find. Ravi demonstrates mastery in a renaissance painting style, collage, printmaking, and drawing. The rich fusion of techniques in his work could be presumed to be appropriation, but it is not… all of the elements were rendered by Ravi.”
In this exhibit Ravi’s entire range of abilities will be incorporated into several cohesive series showcasing his artistic and creative processes.

The “Mightier Than” series of firearms constructed from disassembled antique typewriters, continues to gain recognition and attention from people around the world. In this series Ravi has created a visual and mental stimulant to illicit a wide range of responses from viewers. While on display during Art Basel Miami last December they attracted the attention of art collectors, gun enthusiasts, scholars, musicians and many critiques both positive and negative. Ravi feels that pushing people to reconsider a weapon born into violence as a piece of art carrying a positive influence is very relevant across the entire world.

Another body of work Ravi continues to develop is the “Opposable Thumbs” Series featuring animals portrayed engaging in human activities that specifically involve weapons, hunting, exploration, and sport. However, the only human characteristic of these figures is the five digit human hand. In a time when animal and human interaction is at its highest, we experience a wide range of outcomes. Now more than ever, animals and their intellectual abilities are being considered in regards to their similarities in humans. The characters in this ongoing series are perfect examples of these interactions and relations. Zupa has created many pieces in this series, the ones displayed in this exhibit are in a larger format which allows for even more intricate detail. There will also be a limited edition large format print featuring one of the new works.

In addition to new pieces in his “Mightier Than” and “Opposable Thumbs” series Zupa is introducing two new body’s of work for this exhibition.

“Strike Everywhere” is a collaboration with Arna Miller inspired by the art that decorated early matchboxes. These old boxes featured all manner of odd subject matter. Zupa employs the iconic skeleton style of Mexico’s Jose Posada to depict scenes of current social and political importance. Police violence, the justice system, income inequality, abuses by the finical sector and so on. The images are relief prints carved from ordinary, orange, traffic cones and printed on an antique printing press, the text was then added with screen printing.

“Age Of Enlightenment” is a new series which features original drawings in the style of religious and alchemical arts from the middle ages and renaissance. Zupa has chosen to emulate artists with a range of techniques both sophisticated and crude and the subject matter reflects a similar range of ideas and themes. Sometimes unsettling, sometimes light, often mysterious, they depict odd scenes combining characters from the ancient world, mythological creatures and ordinary objects of our modern life.

All of Ravi Zupa’s images are drawn and painted by his hand. He considers books the best way to experience art and has spent decades studying art from cultures and movements that span history and originate from nearly all geographical regions. Being entirely self-taught, he looks for inspiration in works by German Renaissance print makers, Flemish primitives, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock artists, Mughal paintings, religious iconography from Europe, Asia and Pre-Columbian Latin America, and revolutionary propaganda the world over. With a distaste for ironic art or the thoughtless appropriation of culture, he integrates seemingly unrelated images in search of something universal.
United States – b.1977

AVAILABLE ARTWORK


PAINTINGS

VISHNU CONTEMPLATES DEATH
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 24 x 36 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
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ANGER
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 36 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
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THE MIDST OF THE GARDEN
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 36 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
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MODERN WARFARE
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 36 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
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LET ME DIE IN MY FOOTSTEPS
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper – Cradled wood panel
Size: 36 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
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CONTEMPLATING OPTIONS
Media: Acrylic, pencil, watercolor, india ink, color ink, oil pastel, block print, silk screen, and found paper on canvas
Size: 48 x 48 x 2 Inches
Year: 2015
Availability: Inquire


DRAWINGS

Age of Enlightenment Series

RAVI ZUPA – FROM THE OVERFLOWING, FIFER
Media: India ink and screen print on paper mounted to wood. Framed
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1,800
Availability: Inquire
From the artist: He is dressed in a WWI period English uniform. This flout song is the most iconic familiar military flute music. The song “British Grenadiers” is that very familiar marching flute song that we have heard in cartoons and movies all our lives.

RAVI ZUPA – FROM THE OVERFLOWING, DRILL INSTRUCTOR
Media: India ink and screen print on paper mounted to wood. Framed
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1,800
Availability: Inquire
From the artist: WWII uniform. Check out the US marine drill instructors, calling cadence on YouTube. They are really beautiful. The new generation incorporates a lot of gospel and the older traditional dudes do something very unique – It’s like nothing else.

RAVI ZUPA – FROM THE OVERFLOWING, BAGPIPER
Media: India ink and screen print on paper mounted to wood. Framed
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1,800
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From the artist: He is dressed in a WWI period English uniform. “Going Home” is a song commonly played at military and police funerals.

RAVI ZUPA – FROM THE OVERFLOWING, BUGLER
Media: India ink and screen print on paper mounted to wood. Framed
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1,800
Availability: Inquire
From the artist: Dressed in the style of the American Revolutionary war.

RAVI ZUPA – FROM THE OVERFLOWING, DRUMMER
Media: India ink and screen print on paper mounted to wood. Framed
Size: 18 x 24 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1,800
Availability: Inquire
From the artist: The drummer is dressed in Napoleonic or American Revolutionary style.

MUD
Media: Ink on paper mounted to wood panel
Size: 9 x 12 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $400
Availability:
SCOUNDRELS
Media: Ink on paper mounted to wood panel
Size: 9 x 12 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $400
Availability: SOLD

HAND PAINTED MULTIPLES

Samurai Frog

SAMURAI FROG #1 w/SWORD
Media: Block print from a carved traffic cone - Each is hand painted and mounted to a wood panel
Size: 9 x 12 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $225
Availability: SOLD

PRINTS

WHAT DO WE DO WITH OPPOSABLE THUMBS (TIGER)
Media: 2 color screen print on paper
Size: 24 x 36 Inches
Edition: 50 – Signed & Numbered
Year: 2016
Availability: SOLD OUT

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SAMURAI FROG
Media: One color block print on paper mounted to wood panel
Size: 9 x 12 Inches
Edition: Open – Signed & Numbered
Year: 2016
Price: $165
Availability: SOLD OUT

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Less than 10 of each available


MATCHBOXES

Hand printed block print and screen print on matchbox
Edition of 5 each
Signed and numbered
These will ship without matches, feel free to add your own!
$20 Each


#1

#7

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MIGHTIER THAN SERIES

MTSMG – U 5
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel, scrap steel pipe
Size: 14.5 x 13 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $2500
Availability: SOLD

RAVI ZUPA – MTAR-RYL
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel, scrap steel pipe and oak
Size: 33 x 13 x 8 Inches
Year: 2016
Availability: SOLD

RAVI ZUPA – MTSMG-LEADER
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel and scrap steel pipe
Size: 18 x 10.5 x 7 Inches
Year: 2016
Availability: SOLD

RAVI ZUPA – MTSMG-TABULATOR
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel and scrap steel pipe
Size: 15.5 x 9 x 7 Inches
Year: 2016
Availability: SOLD

MTSMG – RYL 9
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel, scrap steel pipe and oak
Size: 24 x 12 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $2500
Availability: SOLD

RAVI ZUPA – MTSMG CORONA
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel and scrap steel pipe
Size: 12 x 11 Inches
Year: 2016
Availability: Inquire

MTAR – O 1
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel, scrap steel pipe
Size: 25 x 9 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $2500
Availability: SOLD

MTSMG – RYL 10
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel, scrap steel pipe
Size: 27 x 11 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $2500
Availability: SOLD

MTHMG – UNDRWD 2
Media: Typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel, scrap steel pipe and oak
Size: On tripod – 60 x 36 x 24 Inches – 152 x 91 x 61 cm
Gun – 48 x 10 x 8 Inches
Year: 2015
Price: $10,000
Availability: Inquire

MTSMG – O 3
Media: Antique typewriter components, stapler components, square bar scrap steel, scrap steel pipe
Size: 19 x 12 Inches
Year: 2016
Price: $2500
Availability: SOLD

"Mightier Than" .300 Bullet
Media: .300 Cartridge with Speedball pen nib and laser etched logo
Size: 3.75 x .5 Inches
Edition: Open
Please note: This is not live ammo but it is a working pen.
Price: $25

"Mightier Than" .223 Bullet
Media: .223 Cartridge with Speedball pen nib and laser etched logo
Size: 2.75 x .25 Inches
Edition: Open edition
Please note: This is not live ammo but it is a working pen.
Price: $20 / $40 for both