BIOGRAPHY

JR Rapier, an emerging artist living in Austin, Texas, who naturally gravitated to artistic activities like drawing and painting as a child. Gradually through her life she has grown more incumbent with her talent as a painter. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts awarded from Texas Tech University, she spent 20 years art directing print and web campaigns in the spirit of design and illustration. Since the death of her former husband in 2014 she has been dedicating her talent to her painting career full time. She lives on the outskirts of Austin with her husband and children; where the hill country supports and inspires her work. With her oil and acrylic mediums, Rapier vividly illustrates the power of spirituality through a poetic style of her own. Rapier explores the human condition, inner child fantasies, and landscape themes, by capturing the innate beauty by magnifying light, color and structure from these environments. Currently her work is showing and represented in Austin by Art for the People Gallery, Art & Soul Design, Wonderwall Studios, and Keep Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rapier also has shown her work in various National juried competition shows, and in International art fairs around the world.

EXHIBITS

2019  - Zeal of Ten » Special Guest Artist  |  May 4 – June 22  |  Art For the People Gallery  |  Austin, TX

2019 - Feb 22 - Mar 17 | High Art, Low Art, and Everything in Between | Keep Contemporary | Santa Fe, NM

2018 - WEST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR - May 13-14, May 20-21  | Art for the People Gallery  |  Austin, TX

2018 - 40th Annual Lubbock Art Festival  |  April 13-15  | Lubbock Memorial Civic Center  |  Lubbock, TX

2018 - Vignette Art Fair  |  April 10-15  | Women's Museum - Fair Park  |  Dallas, TX

2018 - Feb 9 - April 28  |  2nd Annual Art of Celebration  |  Art for the People Gallery  |  Austin, TX

2018 - Oct 27-Jan 27  |  Art for the People  |  3Ps Group Show   |  Austin, TX

2017 - OctoberFest  |  Dan Pfeiffer Gallery   |  Fredericksburg, TX

2017 - Nov 2-5  |  Affordable Art Fair  |  Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017 - Sept 27 - Oct 27  |  Art Hop Statewide Competition |  Georgetown Art Center  |  Georgetown, TX

2017 - June 9-11  |  Art Laren  |  Galeria Gaudi of Madrid  |  Laren, Netherlands

2017 -  Mar - Aug 2017  |  Compass Rose Cellar and Tasting Room  |  Fredericksburg, TX

2017 - April 27 - 30 | KÖLNER LISTE Art Fair | Galeria Gaudi of Madrid |  Cologne, Germany

2016 - Nov  - Feb -2017 | Group Exhibition  |  Estancia Art Gallery | Austin, TX

2016 - Sept - Oct  |  Art Hop Statewide Competition |  Georgetown Art Center  |  Georgetown, TX

2016 - Sept 17 - Oct 7 | 'Golden Days' - Group Exhibition - Beals & Co Showroom | Santa Fe, NM

2016 - Aug 19 - Oct 19 | 'Captured Flood' | Black Lagoon Gallery | Austin, TX

2016 - July 27 - Aug 14 | 'Art of the Horse' Group Exhibition | HIPICO | Santa Fe Exports | Santa Fe, NM

2016 - Aug 12 |   'Meet the Artist' Solo Exhibit | Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, Beals & Co | Santa Fe, NM

2016 - Feb 13 - May 1 | The New Color, Group Exhibition | Black Lagoon Gallery | Austin, TX

2016 - Jan 18 - Feb 9 | The Plurality of Expression, Group Exhibition | Agora Gallery | New York, NY

2015 - Santa Fe Exports | Four Seasons Rancho Encantado | Santa Fe, NM

2015 - Palace Avenue Art | Drury Hotel Plaza | Santa Fe, NM

2015 - Santa Fe Exports | Hyatt Tamaya | Bernalillo, NM

2015 - Cafe Josie's | Austin, TX

2015 - Lessedra International Art Collection, Group Exhibition | Lessedra Art Gallery | Sofia, Bulgaria

2014 - Art in Public Places, Group Exhibition | Austin-Bergstrom International Airport | Austin, Texas

2014 - "Drift, Rock & Bone," Solo Exhibit | Hideout Theatre & Coffeehause | Austin, TX

 

COMPETITIONS - JURIED SHOWS

2019 - Feb 22 - Mar 17 | High Art, Low Art, and Everything in Between | Keep Contemporary | Santa Fe, NM

2018 - 40th Annual Lubbock Art Festival  |  Juried Gallery  |  Lubbock, TX

2018 - Vignette Art Fair  |  Women's Museum - Fair Park  |  Dallas, TX

2018 - Austin Art Boards Top 10 Winner - Austin, TX

2017 - Georgetown Art Hop | Juried Statewide Competition | Georgetown Art Center | Georgetown, Texas

2016 - Georgetown Art Hop | Juried Statewide Competition | Georgetown Art Center | Georgetown, Texas

2015 - Art by America, Juried Exhibition: A National Review of Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art | Chicago, Illinois

2015 - 5th Annual Landscapes Juried Art Exhibition: Light Space & Time Online Gallery | Jupiter, Florida

2014 - 5th Painting & Mixed Media Juried Competition | Lessedra Art Gallery | Sofia Bulgaria

2014 - "Open" Juried Art Exhibition | Light Space & Time Online Gallery | Jupiter, Florida

 

AWARDS

2018 - Austin Art Boards Top 10 Winner - Austin, TX

2015 - Special Merit Award | 5th Annual Landscapes Art Competition | Light Space & Time Online Gallery | Jupiter, Florida

2014 - Special Prize Winner | 5th Painting & Mixed Media Competition | Lessedra Art Gallery | Sofia, Bulgaria

2014 - Special Recognition | "Open" Art Competition | Light Space & Time Online Gallery | Jupiter, Florida

 

PUBLICATIONS

2019 - Voyage Houston | Interview | Thought Provokers - Outside 610
2019 - Jan Issue | Austin Home | Appearance on a fullpage advertisement for Wonderwall Studios
2017 -  May, June & July Issues  |  Artistic Impressions  |  The World of Interiors  |  A Condé Nast Publication

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Keep Contemporary | Santa Fe, New Mexico
Art for the People Gallery | Austin, Texas
Art & Soul Design | Austin, Texas
Wonderwall Studios | Austin, Texas

 

EDUCATION

1996 - Texas Tech University | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Communication, with emphasis on Illustration and Native American History