We are thrilled to introduce our 2018 poster artists Brad and Sundie Ruppert! Their sculptural felt “Red Foxx” was chosen as the 46th Crested Butte Arts Festival Poster image. These two Iowa artists give a fresh life to perhaps the oldest textile used today, fur felt, specifically, the remnants trimmed from the brims of felt hats.
Brad and Sundie Ruppert Biography
Brad and Sundie Ruppert have a fascination with texture and the need to innovate by creating unique mixed media sculptures. They have developed a process of cutting, bending and layering the intricate felt pieces over carved wood, creating incredible likenesses of their natural subject matter.
These two Iowa artists reference multiple photographic images to realistically interpret the color, movement and emotion of their nature-inspired subjects. Sundie explains, “We try to capture the soul that shines through bright eyes, soft fur and sleek feathers.” Brad adds, “Viewers are drawn in by a type of optical illusion. The soulful eyes grab them first. Next, the brain tries to comprehend if they are viewing a painting or a sculpture and then finally, they reach out and touch the soft felt to fully indulge in the experience.”
That soulful feeling is definitely captured in this year’s poster! Click here for YOUR 2018 Limited Edition Crested Butte Arts Festival Poster
Visit Brad and Sundie Ruppert here https://www.vintagesculpture.com and be sure to stop by their booth #176 at the festival!