As art critic Ken Johnson pointed out in a 1998 review for The New York Times, even Kapp’s shadows are blue instead of black. Kapp’s paintings, he wrote, “are almost photographic in the way they freeze action, crop the visual field at oblique angles and capture stark contrasts of glare and shadow. They have a dreamy, mildly hallucinatory air and a mood of Hopperesque melancholy…Mr. Kapp’s angular compositions, decisive gestures and painterly energy reflect the harsh, kinetic beauty of the city itself.”
What I like about Kapp’s work is how often I can look at it and see nothing but abstraction…how it takes my eye a minute to bring the color splotches together to form an object. I want to be able to do that!