As the daughter (Senina Woods-Harris) of the late Rip Woods, it is my intention to pay homage to one of the most creative geniuses the Arizona art community has ever experienced. Deeply inspired by and rooted in African folklore, my dad’s unique collection of work is easily identified by his signature, sometimes satirical, in nature, abstract use of masks and animals. My father was once asked by a reporter, “What is the purpose of your art?” He responded, “To justify living, to extend living and to remind others they are living.” It is my hope that in posthumously sharing his work broadly, that his purpose and legacy will live on through educational resources local and national exhibits, art preservation, sales, and celebratory events and even mentorship.
Rip Woods was born in 1933 in Idabel, Oklahoma, but spent his entire life in Phoenix, Arizona. His matriculation and studies would eventually lead him to Professor Emeritus, ASU School of Art after teaching painting and drawing to both graduate and undergraduate students for 27 years. His collections, commissions, honors, awards and group exhibitions are countless.