RICK CULLIS AFCA
Born and raised in the Hamilton Burlington area, as well as the Sudbury area, Rick taught for 30 years for the Halton Board of Education in both elementary and secondary schools with 20 of those years teaching Art for grades 2 to 13, as well as photography and computer graphics at the secondary level.
Since 1980 he has worked through a variety of media including pencil, ink, water colour and a long period of working in acrylics. In 2017 the switch was made to oils. There is an enormous amount of technical learning to be had in oil painting, in order to accomplish durable and well executed paintings, and this is the current focus. In 2022 he was granted signature status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Juried exhibits have included; McMaster Innovation Park, annual exhibits, Burlington Art Gallery, Visual Arts Mississauga Annual Exhibits.
More recent exhibits have included:
Society of Canadian Artists; annual juried exhibits 2011 and 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Federation of Canadian Artists; Bella 2020, Artist's Choice 2021, Vancouver Salon
Federation of Canadian Artists Toronto; 2020 Open Exhibit, 2021 Spring Forward
Other events include:
Dundas Valley School of Art, annual auction and the Little Black Frame Event
Pelham Arts Festival
Society Of Canadian Artists
Federation of Canadian Artists
Federation of Canadian Artists Toronto
Portrait Society ofAmerica
Rick takes his inspiration from the works of artists such as Vermeer, J.L. David, J.S. Sargent and 19th century Realist painters, whose paintings range between naturalism and impressionism, where a portrait or figure painting might contain a narrative or a landscape that focuses the viewers attention.
In his own work, He identifies some aspect of a narrative or landscape that interests him, and then works to build the detail of the composition so as to support the idea in his mind, in a way that viewers will hopefully understand. This involves selective focus and details that a viewer might never see, but are nevertheless an important part of the whole.
Rick's other work can be seen on Instagram as well as his web site: www.rickcullis.com
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