Max Rippon’s work explores pattern, text, ornamentation, language and how these shape our thinking and discussion of the world around us. After years working as a sign painter and muralist his work has moved from projecting messages to questioning how messages are received, from making and reading signs, to exploring the sign language of physical words and the social and political implications that these messages and their chosen media hold. His work – primarily painting, assemblage, sculpture, installation and murals – explores visual communication, misinterpretations, repetition and error as well as often overlooked aesthetic attributes of our cities.
Rippon has shown his work internationally with solo exhibitions in Basel, Cologne, Barcelona, Brussels, Portland, San Francisco, and London as well as participating in many curated group shows from New York City to Romania. He has created murals and other public works in cities, remote villages, and abandoned structures across 36 countries in three continents.
Born and raised in New York City Max Rippon received his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
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