“In his work, the authentic self remains the last bulwark
against an anarchic world.” Eleanor Heartney
“ . . . art as ambitious in its way as Crull’s - would like to help us transcend ourselves, to find a way to some realm of thought or feeling where individual differences are overcome.” Carter Ratcliff
“While his canvases often suggest infinite spaces, Crull is by no means immune to the power of
frontality. He brings a delightful lucidity to the striking incidents – a heraldic device here, a quatrefoil
shape there - that punctuate his floating-away tone poems.” Jed Pearl
Crull explores the expressive power of personal and cultural symbols in a series of densely painted and vividly colored compositions. Words, in the form of cryptic, fleeting phrases, also animate Crull’s pictorial world that also employs a myriad of symbols which variously imply sexual unfolding, romantic suffering, occult wisdom, and transcendental release.
Each painting serves as a kind of painterly journal of reflections and reveries, set loose from their
origins in specific events. In a wider sense, these paintings constitute a kind of intensive search to
wrest meaning from a chaos of feeling.
Ford Crull has been the subject of scores of solo exhibitions over the last three decades across the
country and the world. Notable gallery shows include those held in New York, Shanghai, London, San Francisco and Seattle. His work is in collections in Europe and throughout the United States, including those of The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Brooklyn Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Crull was born in Boston, grew up and was educated in Seattle, and has lived and worked in lower Manhattan for many years.