Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Richard Hull’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, on view March 1-30, 2013, with an opening reception on Friday, March 1, 2013. A catalogue, RICHARD HULL: RECENT PAINTINGS, with new essay by Nicole Yen, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Richard Hull’s paintings fill their canvases with large swathes of color; blocks of opaque hues are overlaid with sweeping brushstrokes clustered together that function like ripples on the water—but far less transient. Rings within a tree may more appropriate, as the description evokes the same feelings of growth that Hull’s painterly gestures achieve. The comparison of grooves on a record player describes some of the patterns, but neither the liveliness of the purposeful irregularities within Hull’s stroke widths nor the texture of thick paint upon the canvas.
Although Hull’s paintings are not traditional portraits, each artwork has a distinct feeling of character. Hull applies a layer of melted beeswax to his canvas before painting, making the rich colors found in his work possible. Then, he paints shapes of hot and cold colors against each other, creating a skewed sense of perspective. This confusion of space, in addition to Hull’s use of repeating lines and simplified shapes, keeps the viewer from identifying a clear subject. The general weight of the masses of shapes often resembles a portrait silhouette, suggesting a living presence.
Born in Oklahoma City, Hull received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1977, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. Hull became represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery in 1979 (Chicago and New York City) and, joined the company of well-known Imagists such as Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, and Ed Paschke. His paintings may be found in many private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; and the San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally.