“I have had a website since 2007,” Tapley said. “This one is an updated design with adaptive display. That is, it is easily viewable on all sizes of screens. The site went live in June. The video is a great way to reach viewers—to tell the story of how my art is made.”
The website includes a section of Tapley’s paintings and drawings, with an emphasis on his recent work. He has also included a blog to inform readers about his professional activity, including exhibitions, publications, works-in-progress and videos.
Independent film maker Todd Sheene, who serves as the event and video production coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning, filmed the video that is featured on the website.
“The six-minute video titled ‘Gourds’ focuses on a series of paintings and pastels that I made in 2016,” Tapley said. “My narration is intended to give the audience insight into my process, my studio set-up and the ways in which these newer works relate to my older work and are inspired by artists I admire.”
Tapley said a website is a great way for him to share his art with a broad audience.
“When a viewer cannot attend an exhibition to see paintings in person, or simply wants to revisit art works from past shows, the site provides a way to view my portfolio and learn more about my art,” he added. “Current and prospective students can find out more about the art made by their instructor; artists, gallerists and art lovers can more easily get to know what I do.”
Tapley has been an artist for nearly 40 years, and he is nationally known for his still-life paintings, which depict familiar objects in lively, complex compositions. He worked in abstraction before embracing realism and was a landscapist before turning to still-life. Over the last decade, the figure has become a more important subject in his work.
The artist received his BA in art from Grinnell College in 1980, his MFA in printmaking from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983, and began teaching at Centre in the fall of that year.
Tapley also has a number of pieces displayed on campus. A large landscape hangs in the admission reception room in Old Centre, as well as the entry vestibule to the President’s Office. Additional paintings are located in the Doherty Library in the Reading Room and in the Registrar’s Office.
by Kerry Steinhofer
July 31, 2018
Header photo: “Cannas In Ann’s Cutting Garden” Oil on linen mounted on panel. 2017. 11 x 14 inches.