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Oklahoma native John-Paul Philippé returns for exhibition at [Artspace] at Untitled

at Untitled print studio. Miller is print studio manager at Untitled. Photos Provided by [Artspace] at Untitled”]by Darla Shelden

Contributing Writer

The final exhibition of 2011 at [Artspace] at Untitled will showcase “In Design: The Art of John-Paul Philippé.”

It’s opening with an artist reception from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 2011. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 7, 2012.

On Saturday Oct. 15 at 1 p.m., Philippé will provide an Artist Talk and Gallery Walk-Through of his exhibition.  A special “In Design” preview evening will be held on Oct. 13 as a fundraiser to benefit [Artspace] at Untitled. Tickets are $250.

John-Paul Philippé was born and raised in Henryetta, Oklahoma. In 1978, he received his BFA in Art & Art History from the University of Oklahoma. A painter, designer and the official store artist for Barney’s of New York, Philippé now resides in New York City after spending 23 years as an artist in London.

His collection of works ranges from architectural and furniture design to murals, sculptures and handcrafted woodwork.

Philippé designed a large sculptural piece that previewed at Balliet’s in Oklahoma City, which will be on display at Untitled for the premier of the exhibition

About growing up in Oklahoma Philippé recently said, “It’s definitely helped me. You’re set apart and I think people notice that you’re from Oklahoma. I’ve kind of worked it a bit too and used it as something to my advantage.

“It’s definitely not something that has ever held me back. It has informed my work in a very good way. It’s a great place to grow up and pursue your artistic path, the artist said.”

For this retrospective, Philippé will make installations unique to [Artspace] at Untitled, combining them with examples of his paintings, drawings, and sculpture.

Located in the historic Deep Deuce district of downtown Oklahoma City, the warehouse that became [Artspace] at Untitled was purchased in 1995 by Laura Warriner. She transformed the abandoned warehouse, which had been vacant for 30 years, into an exhibition space for the visual arts called Untitled Gallery. In 2003, the Untitled Gallery became Untitled [Artspace], a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, and in 2009, it became [Artspace] at Untitled.

“It’s a big show and the interesting thing is that this is a guy who grew up in Henryetta, Oklahoma where his father and grandfather were glass workers, said [Artsspace] Executive Director Jon Burris. “He’s been working on art like this since he was 10 years old. Philippé is designing some new sculptures, prints, drawings and two huge new paintings for this show.

“Laura Warriner was in Dallas and told me about the incredible sculptures he does for Barneys. I arranged to meet John-Paul and it’s come together quickly. It’s going to be a great exhibit.”

[Artspace] at Untitled changes exhibitions every two to three months. The primary focus of the exhibitions program is to introduce contemporary art by regional, national, and international artists that encompasses multiple mediums and represents a broad range of artistic styles.

Burris has over 30 years of experience within the Oklahoma City arts community as well as international visibility as an independent curator of private collections and an author on international contemporary art and photography.

Burris was previously Director of Photography for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Curator of the Christian Keesee Collection of Contemporary Russian Art, Curator of the Robert A. Hefner III Collection of Contemporary Chinese Art, and Director of the Brett Weston Archive.  Burris has curated over 200 exhibitions over the course of his career.

[ArtSpace] at Untitled is a multi resource venue in the Oklahoma artist community offering exhibits, visiting artist programs, art forums, the taste of art classes (monthly cooking class taught by local chefs), a photographic resource center, and the working studio printmaking program known as the [Press].

Located at 1 N.E. 3 St., [Artspace] at Untitled’s exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information visit

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