Chashama 461 Gallery
461 West 126th street, New York, NY
October 31 - November 10, 2012
Reception: Thursday, November 1, 6 - 9 PM
NOUNS: Heart, Mind and Soul consists of current and past works, chronologically spanning four decades. The older works, consisting mostly of portraits, are included to show the consistence of vision that exists in the body of work as a whole. Hugh sullivan has been painting for 50 years. His works are in major international collections from Denmark to Mexico, as well as throughout the United States. His paintings are a response to his environment, which he sees writ large and small. From insects to galaxies, to “people, places and things” nothing escapes his brush. These are emotional paintings. Bold colors and sometimes brutal brush work give them a vitality all their own. The struggle to control the image, without subjugating it — which is apparent in many of the works — is an endearing quality. However there is a dark side to the work. An absence of people in the cityscapes, the confrontational aspect of the portraits, and the solitude of trees, gives one pause.
Hugh Sullivan is a native of Dallas, Texas was born into an artistic family. His father, being a painter/sculptor was trained at the Arts Students League while his mother was an actor on the New York stage. His first formal training in painting at ten years of age was with Arthur Chapman Kelly in Dallas. Hugh enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, served in Vietnam from 1967 through 1968, with an honorable discharge in 1971. He continued his formal education at the Dallas County Community Colleges and North Texas State University, the School of Visual Arts, and received his BA degree from SUNY’s Empire State College in SOHO.
Prints will be available as well as original paintings starting at $80 – something for every budget so bring your friends!