Leigh Ruple’s works navigate the possibilities of figuration through complex spatial arrangements and saturated color, imbuing scenes both observed and imagined with psychological character. Drawing on her rural upbringing, the geometry of New York City, and the legacy of the American Regionalists as inspiration, she uses a vibrant palette to create distinctly contemporary Feminist allegorical paintings.
Ruple was born in Painseville, Ohio (1984). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union School of Art (2006) and her Master of Fine Arts from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College (2014). Ruple has shown in group exhibitions at Marlborough Chelsea (NYC), The Suzanne Geiss Company (NYC), and Halsey McKay Gallery (East Hampton, NY). Her work has been reviewed by Painting is Dead, Art F City, ArtForum, and Time Out New York, amongst others.