Simpson Gallagher Gallery
You are cordially invited to the opening reception of
Under Western Skies: Paintings from the Cody Nite Rodeo
by John Hull
Friday, June 6, 2014 - From 5 to 7 in the evening
When I was invited last summer to be an artist in residence at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West I immediately agreed. I figured I could do whatever they wanted me to do during the day but that my own personal goal was to spend 15 straight nights making drawings and taking photographs at the Cody Nite Rodeo. In general, I am interested in rodeo because it is one of the few enduring American institutions that is in touch with its origins. In particular, the Cody Nite Rodeo provided me with a continuous opportunity, over a two week period, to develop painting ideas based on the everyday experiences of the people who worked and participated in the rodeo. I deliberately chose not to depict the drama and excitement of the various rodeo events. I wanted to describe what went on before and after those events. To reveal lives of the rodeo folk through their conversations and moments of introspection and to show their capacity to endure, to be possibly better than they hoped they could be and feared they might not be. I believe it is in these interstitial moments both the accidental quality of human experience and the machinery of character are revealed. It in these quiet places that we can, perhaps, glimpse the unforeseen miracle of love.
About John Hull
John Hull received a B.A. from Yale University in 1977 and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign in 1981.
Mr. Hull has exhibited his work nationally since 1981 with solo and group exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries.
His work may be found in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Israel Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, The Yellowstone Art Museum, The Greenville County Art Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Mr. Hull has received numerous awards, including four National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships and the Thomas Benedict Clarke Prize for Painting from the National Academy of Design.
His work has been reviewed critically in the New York Times, Art In America, Art Forum, Arts Magazine, The New Art Examiner, Modern Painters and the New Yorker.
Mr. Hull has been an Instructor in Painting and Drawing at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, an Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at Yale University, and a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is currently Professor of Painting at the College of Charleston.
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