Opened by artist John Brooks in 2017, Quappi Projects is a Louisville-based art gallery featuring contemporary artists whose works are reflective of the zeitgeist. Because we believe the highest function of art is to allow human beings to know ourselves more deeply, we are interested in exhibiting challenging, even discomforting, work as a way to explore and understand the mysteries of the human experience.
Quappi Projects is named after the early 20th century German painter Max Beckmann’s second wife Mathilde “Quappi” Beckmann, who was very much a woman reflective of her zeitgeist and whom he described as “an angel sent to me so that I could accomplish my work.” Because the spirit of our age requires strength, courage, action, discipline and a good smile, it is respectfully in the memory of Quappi’s spirit that we endeavor to do what we do.
A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, John studied Political Science and English literature at the College of Charleston, in South Carolina, with continuing studies in art at Central St. Martins and the Hampstead School of Art in London, England. His work has been exhibited in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore and Switzerland and is held in private collections in numerous countries, including 21C Museumhotels. In late 2013, he returned to Louisville, KY after several years in Chicago, Illinois and London, England.