Updated: Friday, 09 March 2007


From Eleanor Quirt:

I first saw Hugh Kappel's work as a collage on graph paper, the computer graph creating a unifying pattern.  Later, I saw aweful (awe-inspiring subject matter)  graphic, painful, a dead mother and child, severed heads, holocaust paintings, all true, deeply realized.

In 1976, at a show at the College of Art and Design -- with, I think, two other artists -- I saw a change: clear, light color, some collage, the painting "Breakfast for Two," a very successful work, an impressive group of lithographs.  Later, I saw watercolors, early, middle, and late, sculptured assemblages* and labored sculture.  There were hundreds of collages, some social commentary, some sexy-porn, rather naive.  There were many drawings of his daughter Katie, strong and sweet.

*One entitled "Trapped"


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