Otto Rapp

Otto Rapp

Born in 1944 in Felixdorf, Lower Austria, Otto lived and was educated in Vienna, where later he worked as a clerk in the Transport and Insurance Business. After completing service in the Austrian Air Force, he traveled throughout Europe, eventually settling in Stockholm, Sweden. As a Painter he was initially self taught, studying in the various Galleries and Museums. In Vienna, Otto was often ‘hanging out’ at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, where he admired the work of the Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus represented there by the Professors Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner and Arik Brauer.
Traveling in 1968, Otto wound up in Western Canada where he eventually settled in Lethbridge, Alberta, the place Otto still calls home today. It was in Canada where the majority of Otto‘s mature work was produced. Working for the Canadian Pacific Railway, he quit in 1977 to attend the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at the University of Lethbridge, graduating (with great distinction) in 1982.

Otto is a rare and exceptional artist and highly esteemed sibling of The Visionary Tribe. True to the veristic roots of his aesthetic, he is deserving of any and every means of support, patronage and the collection of his works...
Prof. Philip Rubinov Jacobson

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Otto Rapp hat das Bild MUMMENSCHANZ hochgeladen

Graphite drawing on paper, 2012
The name Mummenschanz [ˈmʊmənˌʃanʦ] is German for "mummery," or a play involving mummers. Mummer is an Early Modern English term for a mime artist.

Otto Rapp hat das Bild EROS THANATOS II hochgeladen

graphite drawing on paper, 120 cm x 100 cm, 2017
this is so far the largest drawing I've done.

Otto Rapp hat das Bild SOUTHERN CROSS hochgeladen

This is a digital adaption from a detail of one of my (in progress) paintings, acrylics on wood. I prefer to work digital images from actual paintings or drawings, because they retain the brush strokes and marks of actual hand-made artwork.

Otto Rapp hat das Bild Hour Of The Cock hochgeladen

acrylic paint over state-proof etching and aquatint, Arches paper mounted on masonite, 1996

28.5" x 22.5"

Otto Rapp hat das Bild THE VISITOR hochgeladen

acrylic on masonite, 24"x28", 1994

It's a double self-portrait, me as a small child and middle aged.

Otto Rapp hat das Bild Parthenogenesis II hochgeladen

acrylic on masonite, 10 3/4" x 6 3/8", 1992

acrylic on canvas 25x36cm - 1983

weh unser guter kaspar ist tot
wer verbirgt nun die brennende fahne im zopf und wer dreht die kaffeemühle
wer lockt nun das idyllische reh
auf dem meer verwirrte er die schiffe mit dem wörtchen parapluie und die winde nannte er bienenvater
weh weh weh unser guter kaspar ist tot heiliger bimbam kaspar ist tot
die heufische klappern in den glocken wenn man seinen vornamen ausspricht darum seufze ich weiter kaspar kaspar kaspar
warum bist du ein stern geworden oder eine kette aus wasser an einem heissen wirbelwind oder ein euter aus schwarzem licht oder ein durchsichtiger ziegel an der stöhnenden trommel des felsigen wesens
jetzt vertrocknen unsere scheitel und sohlen und die feen liegen halbverkohlt auf den scheiterhaufen
- Hans Arp

​acrylic glazes and egg tempera on canvas, mounted on masonite - 2009.

This painting was the beginning of a series (mostly drawings) with the titles of FOMORII.
Credit should be given to my friend Helena Nelson-Reed, this was her comment about the work, and I think likely the best interpretation: "Tiamat's children: Born to the sea, they drift upon undulating waves of shimmering, phosphorescent krill mirroring the starry night skies above, while others resemble the bizarre creatures dwelling deep beneath the surface".

Otto Rapp hat das Bild THE BEAST OF BABYLON hochgeladen

Inspiriert bei der Wiener Schule des Fantastischen Realismus, besonders Ernst Fuchs.
Original: 78cm x 57cm
Private Collection Austria

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Otto Rapp hat das Bild THE WIZARD OF EARTH SEA hochgeladen

graphite drawing on paper, 2012
Quote from "A Wizard of Earthsea " by Ursula LeGuin:
Illusion fools the beholder’s senses; it makes him see and hear and feel that the thing is changed. But it does not change the thing. To change this rock into a jewel, you must change its true name. And to do that, my son, even to so small a scrap of the world, is to change the world.
It can be done. Indeed it can be done. It is the art of the Master Changer, and you will learn it, when you are ready to learn it. But you must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in Equilibrium. A wizard’s power of Changing and of Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power. It is most perilous. It must follow knowledge, and serve need. To light a candle is to cast a shadow.

Otto Rapp hat das Bild KRIX KRAX DIGITAL DETAIL hochgeladen

KRIX KRAX - digital manipulation of detail from the drawing
(top portion, mirrored and duplicated, then tinted)

Otto Rapp hat das Bild SPIRAL RAPTURE 2 hochgeladen

graphite on paper
40cm x 70cm

acrylic on canvas, mounted on masonite - 1978 to 82, restored 1994

Otto Rapp hat das Bild NUBIAN KORE hochgeladen

charcoal on gessoed masonite panel, 30x40cm, 2014

Otto Rapp folgt jetzt Arkis Krayl

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Otto Rapp hat das Bild BEHIND THE CURTAIN hochgeladen

Fomorii Series
graphite on paper, 20cm x 28cm, 2012

Otto Rapp hat das Bild FOMORII STORMTROOPER hochgeladen

from the Fomorii Series
graphite drawing on matboard, 30cm x 40cm, 2012