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RICHARD HULL | images | bio | artist resume | WX shows: 2015 | 2012 | 2010

b. 1955 Oklahoma City, OK
Lives and works in Chicago

Richard Hull joined the Phyllis Kind Gallery before his graduation from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, where many of Chicago’s legendary Imagist painters showed in the late-1970’s, including Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg and Karl Wirsum. He was known then for painting “abstracted architectural interiors where towers, gabled roofs, and arched doorways combine with geometric solids and intersecting planes to form a framework in which various figurative elements are situated.” (1). Hull calls his recent paintings and drawings (2011-2015) “stolen portraits.” His crayon drawings, in particular, are portraits in the form of hairdos, each one expressing a distinct visual personality rather than a representation of a particular individual. This quasi-figurative direction started with, of all things, drawing a horse’s tail for an exquisite corpse in a performative collaboration with MacArthur award-winning saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark and the illustrator and printmaker Dan Grzeca. Hull has also been influenced by the concept of a Klein bottle, a non-orientable surface with no identifiable "inner" and "outer" side. In subsequent works, he has doubled and mirrored the tail/kidney shape, while exploring spatial relationships, both metaphorically and formally, between the geometric dualities of full and empty spaces. In Hull’s stolen portraits, horse tails now resemble looping flower petal forms - building blocks for portrait-like structures. The bulbous loops are accentuated by minute, repetitive, often concentric actions within the large masses.

Paintings, drawings and prints are in the collections of several museums including the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Smart Museum, Chicago. He has exhibited his work at the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; Portland Art Museum, OR; the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Herron Gallery of Art, Indianapolis, IN; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston IL; and the Painting Center, New York, NY.

 

 

 

No. 1
2015
crayon on paper
24 x 18 inches

 



 

 

 

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