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February Issue 2010

Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC, Features Works by John Hull

Corrigan Gallery in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Forrest at the Beach, the first solo show in South Carolina for painter John Hull, on vie1w from Feb. 4 - 28, 2010.

Having begun as a journalist who wanted to be a novelist, Hull creates in paint, stories of life passages ­ "a series of psychological stories filled with boredom and wonder." Continuing to refine his story and referencing the high horizon line used by Frederick Remington in these new works, the beach scenes have Forrest, Hull's dog ­ named for Bedford Forrest, the Confederate General ­ as the only animation in the works.

Forrest finds the beach and marsh of Folly Island all his for the taking. Do not make the mistake of thinking "oh what a lovely painting of a dog running on the beach."  To simplify the viewing of Hull's work would be a serious error in judgment. There is a depth of thought and process put into his work. This series is possibly the most solitary of his works at first glance ­ as he sinks deeper into the milieu one could wonder how his Lowcountry work will evolve in the scheme of his peopled narratives. But at second look, one notices that Forrest is in charge and has complete command of his location. He is at ease, having fun, exploring and free from the limitations of others or structured surroundings.
Hull holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and masters in fine art from the University of Illinois. Most notably, his work is included in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Israel Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Greenville County Art Museum, the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum and Yale University Art Gallery. Hull has exhibited since 1981 with a long list of solo shows including at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and More Gallery, Philadelphia as well as the J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky. With many other shows nationwide, the most recent solo shows were at the Wichita Art Museum in 2006 and the Alpha Gallery, Boston in 2007.

The impressive list of show locations in which Hull has participated includes: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Academy of Design, Borgenicht Gallery, P.S. 1, One Penn Center, Tatistcheff Gallery and A.R.T. Resources all in New York; the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, The Center for the Visual Arts, Plus Gallery and Ron Judish Fine Arts in Colorado; the Neuburger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; The National Gallery of New Zealand; the Tampa Art Museum, Florida; The Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; the New House Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor, NY; Rutgers University Art Museum, Newark, NJ; the Butler Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH; Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; Ulrich Art Museum, Wichita, KS; the Yale University Art Gallery; the Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg, PA; and the Greenville County Art Museum and the Halsey Institute in SC.

Hull received four National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists' Fellowships, one from the Maryland Arts Council, the Thomas Benedict Clarke Prize for Painting in 2004 from the National Academy of Design and an Achievement Award in 1995 from American Artist Magazine. He has taught at Augustana College in Illinois, Yale University and the University of Colorado. He is currently Professor of Painting and Department Chair of Studio Art at the College of Charleston.

Just off the corner of Meeting and Queen streets in the historic French Quarter, the Corrigan Gallery exhibits works of art both representational and abstract possessing the charm of old Charleston with a contemporary edge, representing artists whose work is beyond the traditional approach to the southern landscape. Artistic vision partnered with an intellectual strength and astute handling of the materials describes the work on display. Photographs, fine art prints and paintings all find a place in the gallery while awaiting the trip to your home. Other artists represented are Manning Williams, Mary Walker, Lynne Riding, Duke Hagerty, Gordon Nicholson, Tim Fensch, Max Miller, John Moore, Kristi Ryba, Lolly Koon, Kevin Bruce Parent, Lese Corrigan and Sue Simons Wallace with visiting artists regularly.

The Corrigan Gallery is showing works that are art for the sake of art. The art will fulfill the beholder's need for beauty and the collector's wish for strong investments. This is art for the soul; art that allows the eyes to breath fresh air. Charmingly contemporary art for the discriminating and the novice collector is available.

For further info check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/722-9868 or visit (www.CorriganGallery.com).

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