Rudolphus Thorpe has earned a local and national reputation as an artist whose work whispers to the human soul. He works in mixed-medium, including clay and acrylics, and uses his brush to create unique three-dimensional works described as sculpture paintings.
He has been described as an artist whose paintings "breathe life into the soul." "My intention is to empower the viewer with a visual, tangible insight into the human spirit," Thorpe says.
A Washington D.C. native, Rudolphus creates abstract pieces that have garnered attention throughout the D.C. metropolitan area and beyond. Awareness and appreciation for his work has extended to the national stage; he has exhibited at galleries through the United States.
Rudolphus' work has received acclaim from media and sports personalities and many of his pieces reside in the collections of notable celebrities. His paintings adorn the walls of Flavours Jazz Restaurant. His work is in the collections of baseball legend Hank Aaron; Motown legend Smokey Robinson; actress Kim Coles; actress Bernadette Stanis; radio personality Donnie Simpson; media magnate Ed Gordon; golf legends Calvin, Pete, and Lee Elder; Jeanie Jones of WKYS Radio in Washington D.C.; actress Justine Love; Big Tigger and Guy Lambert, of WPGC Radio in Washington D.C.; Redskin Doc Walker; Washington Wizard Andray Blatche; radio personality Rock Newman; and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Bishop Eddie L. Long.
Rudolphus has been honored to be chosen to create artwork for national and local events. He was selected as the feature artist for the NFL Super Bowl XXXIX and was the first African American artist commissioned to paint the Super Bowl XL and NFL logos.
In addition, Rudolphus was selected to create the Black History Poster for the Washington D.C. Lottery. Rudolphus was one of the featured artists for Ebony Fashion Fair's 50th year anniversary and was featured in Jet magazine. His work has been highlighted in numerous magazines including Upscale, Homes of Color, Good News, Arts and Expressions, Paint magazine, Atlanta Metro and People You Need to Know in Atlanta. He has appeared as a guest on numerous radio talk shows.