Paul Rouphail (b. 1987, Chicago, IL)
Rouphail received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His recent solo and group exhibitions include Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; SMART OBJECTS, Los Angeles, CA; Jack Barrett, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Fisher Parrish Gallery, George Adams Gallery, Nancy Margolis Gallery, and Microscope Gallery, New York, NY; Fjord Gallery and Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA; The Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; and White Columns online.
Rouphail is a painter who fuses architectural history, American vernacular and turns of phrase. His paintings examine slippages in textual translation where particular colloquialisms merge with everyday environments. Rouphail’s work conflates trompe-l’oeil painting and depictions of graphs within domestic interiors, window panes, condiments, and neon. In referencing Otis Kaye’s images of the 1930’s and 40’s, as well as the American Precisionist painters, Rouphail’s images reimagine spaces where emojis and analytics confront and consume each other.