Robert Gipe



The drawing here is a result of the following artistic influences, in chronological order: Batman (Adam West TV show and DC comics from the 70s), Topps bubble gum cards (especially baseball and basketball) Cracked magazine (especially the work of John Severin), Mad magazine (especially the work of Mort Drucker and Jack Davis), Steve Martin, Saturday Night Live (John Belushi/Bill Murray/Gilda Radner era), Norman Rockwell, Ed Ruscha, Howard Finster, Egon Schiele, Joseph Cornell, Emily Dickinson, Appalshop (especially Nimrod Workman:To Fit My Own Category and Ray Hicks: Jack Alive!), Gurney Norman, Twin Peaks, Chris Ware, Shepard Fairey, Darnell Arnoult, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and you.
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Robert Gipe is the director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. He coordinates the production of public art projects, and is one of the executive producers of the Higher Ground series of community plays. He lives in Harlan, Kentucky, where he has designed nearly a hundred t-shirts and has had fiction published in Appalachian Heritage and Still. He grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee.