Studio Rapp at Bancroft Manor

Spider Dance by Katharina Rapp

When Katharina Rapp decided to slip through the portal and set up a studio at Bancroft Manor, Georgina McClure, the Matron who oversees this establishment clapped her hands together with glee. One look at Rapp’s work and Georgina knew that this artist, who claims, if tongue in cheek, to have a PhD in Nonsense was a perfect fit for this eclectic collective. Georgina suspected that her not very silent partner, Heather Blakey, had somehow managed to convince a colleague, from the very same university where she clearly graduated as a fellow PhD’s in Nonsense, to join us here.

Katharina Rapp’s formal training took place in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at La Trobe University in Australia. With German Expressionism in her blood, Rapp has managed to pull that dark art-form into a world of warmth, colour and lightheartedness, using oils as her medium.

Humour in painting is ‘as rare as hens’ teeth’, she was told at art school, and that she should stick with it. A juxtaposition of visual humour – often bordering on the surreal – with witty titles, has since become her signature style.

Underlying the humour in her large-scale oil paintings, however, lies a serious quest for truth, particularly the truths in women’s lived experience. This has led her to analyse the rise and fall in a woman’s life-energy, albeit with a compassionate eye. Every one of her works is to be understood on multiple levels.

These are the gates Katharina entered as she found her way into the Bancroft Estate.

Rapp’s original oil paintings hang in collections located as far apart as Australia, South Africa, the United States, Ireland, Germany and Spain. Her images have also been featured on wine labels, art cards, motivational boxed card sets, book covers, handbags, home furnishings, and in magazines.

His Bach is Worse than his Bite by Katharina Rapp

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. It is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology.

Katharina is currently working on a series of delightfully humorous paintings which show animals adopting distinct human roles.

Make sure to tap on Katharina’s chamber door for, when you enter her studio space, a kingdom of imaginatin, you will find yourself immersed in art.

Studio Rapp
P.O. Box 888
Castlemaine 3450