RICK CEPELLA -- VISUAL ARTIST
7198 WARNER ST., POWELL RIVER, BC. V8A 4A1
Rick Cepella is a painter, art instructor and cartoonist/illustrator living in Powell River, British Columbia.
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. He actively shows, teaches and lectures at public art institutions across British Columbia.
His cartoons and graphic art have 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, The Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists and others.
Rick has taught art to thousands of students for over 35 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 visual art and design at the University of British Columbia, The University of Ottawa, and Emily Carr College of Art and Design and has attended and been artist in residence at a number of artist residencies in British Columbia.
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. Painting will be dead when there are no more walls."
CV / ART EXPERIENCE
RICK CEPELLA--VISUAL ARTIST
7198 WARNER ST., POWELL RIVER, BC V8A 4A1
RECENT EXHIBITIONS, Selected solo
2014 Field Tested, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Gibsons, BC
2014 Bring “em Back Alive, Kaslo Public Art Gallery/Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo, BC
2014 Landscapes, Lake Country Public Art Gallery. Lake Country, BC
2012 Venturing Wild, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC
2011 In, Around and Above, Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
2010 Expressing a Landscape, Campbell River Public Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC
2009 Recent Works, Bemused Gallery, Powell River, BC
EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATOR/CARTOONIST, Selected clients
1985- 2000 Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, Edmonton Journal, Toronto Star,
Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Magazine, Red Cross, BC Ministry of the Environment,
Selkirk College, Toronto Sun, BC Outdoors
Awards including: Duncan Macpherson Memorial Award for Political Cartooning (Canada),
BC Newspaper Awards (1994,1997), Yomi Uri International Cartoon Contest (Japan)
Citation Award and Medal, Hurriyet Vakvi International Cartoon Contest (Turkey) Canadian
VISUAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR, Selected clients
1985-2015 Okanagan School of the Arts, Kootenay School of the Arts, Nelson (BC) Museum,
Comox Valley (BC) Art Gallery, Victoria (BC) School District, Kootenay Gallery of Art,
Selkirk College, Cowichan Valley(BC) School District, Ottawa School of Art, Campbell
River (BC) Public Art Gallery, Vancouver Island University.
FOREST ECOLOGY TECHNICIAN/ BIOLOGICAL SURVEYOR,
1986-1997 JMJ Holdings, Inc. (Nelson, BC). Responsibilities including site, soil and terrain data collection, air photo interpretation, mapping and plant identification.
ARTS EDUCATION. Selected
1980-2015 Tony Onley Artists Project, Island Mountain Arts, Wells, BC (2008, 2010). Studies in Visual Arts and Design--University of British Columbia, University of Ottawa, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Powell River Arts Academy visiting artists program.