About the Artist


Painter Katharina Rapp’s formal training took place in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Sorbonne in Paris, and at La Trobe University in Australia.

She claims – tongue in cheek – to have a PhD in Nonsense.

With German Expressionism in her blood, Rapp has managed to pull that dark art-form into a world of warmth, colour and lightheartedness, using oils as her medium.

She was told at art school that “humour in painting is as rare as hens’ teeth”, and that she should stick with it. A juxtaposition of visual humour – often bordering on the surreal – with witty titles, has since become her signature style.

Underlying the humour in her large-scale oil paintings, however, lies a serious quest for truth, particularly the truths in women’s lived experience. This has led her to analyse the rise and fall in a woman’s life-energy, with a compassionate eye.

Every one of her works is to be understood on multiple levels.

Rapp’s original oil paintings hang in collections located as far apart as Australia, South Africa, the United States, Ireland, Germany and Spain. Her images have also been featured on wine labels, art cards, motivational boxed card sets, book covers, handbags, home furnishings, and in magazines.

Her latest work is a collection of 16 quirky animal portraits, with an accompanying book of short stories – for the child in every adult – called Our Beastly Friends. See the Our Beastly Friends painting series in Gallery 1 here. You can find the book for sale here.


Rapp in the Studio [not for sale]