PAINTINGS by Rolf Rykken

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"Serenity and Sammie," 2011, oil on panel, 18"x24"

Rolf Rykken, a 1997 fine-arts graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C., is a painter of narrative, figurative work often portrayed in domestic settings that include a dog. He uses bold, bright colors in an expressionistic manner. Most of the paintings are about love and longing, happiness, separation and loss. They also are nostalgic celebrations of a loving domesticity. Included are some diversions about the fun of horses, cows and pigs. He works in oil, acrylic or gouache on wood panel or canvas.
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"Who Invited the Dog?" 2011, acrylic on canvas panel, 18"x24," private collection

Donna Lee Rykken, 1940-2012, R.I.P.
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"Sister and Friends, Paris,"2004, oil on wood, 24"x24,"private collection

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"The Future," 1999, oil on wood, 24"x24"
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"Have You Heard the One About the Horse Who Walks Into A Bar?" 2008, oil on panel, 24"x18"
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"Sophie Matisse," 1996, b&w photo, 8 1/2"x11," private collection

Frame made by the late Peter Donovan.
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"Kim and The Dutch Girl,"1999, 18"x24,"oil on panel

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"Samantha O'Keeffe," 2010, acrylic on board, 24"x18"
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"Mints! Mints!" 2010, acrylic on panel, 24"x18"

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"Let Me In! (Dark Shadow)," 2009, gouache on panel, 16"x20," private collection

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"Livingroom of Silliness," 2006, gouache on panel, 16"x20," private collection

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"Dogs On the Roof," c.1999, oil on wood, 24"x24 1/2," private collection