Ford Crull

Ford Crull - CODOX NUTTAL #5

Artist Statement

“The ambiguity of the image is central to my expression in art. The derivation of my symbols, pulled out from the oceanic flow of an unconscious, devolved dream state, reflects a necessity for metamorphosis and recombination that deprives the image of any safe haven. 

My images are involved in a perpetual dance, a narrative flow that destroys any preconceived notions or verbal meanings. The viewer is free to associate around the visual text which I present, supplying his own interpretations from his own experiences. Ambiguity of the image forces the viewer into a more intensive study of the work, so that the deeper layers of reality are unveiled, revealing the many facets of an idea, the many levels of its nature. This is the real pleasure of my painting: to present a tableau of associations, an unceasing unfolding of meanings, to offer a glimpse of a more universal state of consciousness, unbound by the limitations of time and convention.”

There is a strong element of the diarist in the work, with each painting serving as a kind of painterly journal of reflections and reveries, set loose from their origins in specific events. In a wider sense, these paintings constitute a kind of intensive search to wrest meaning from anarchy of feeling. As meditations on emotional chaos, they enter into a world of competing impulses and simultaneous transmissions, seeking a resolution that is both cathartic and mysterious.

“How do we see ourselves in any kind of personal integrity, how do we form a sense of Self and identity without constantly feeling that it’s being ebbed out into the internet or into a complete media overload. So, for me, it is a way of developing one’s own iconography, a personal metaphorical shield of like, ok, how can I maintain my sense of self, my artistic integrity in the face of all this?”

“My particular interest in symbols is that I found that they have an intrinsic power, a drama and mystery that is fascinating for me because they influence and formulate our sensibilities – and that resonates deeply within me.”

“I find that there’s a beauty, simplicity and elegance in these symbols, especially ones that are historically and culturally used over and over and often in different contexts with different meanings.”

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Born Boston, MA 1952



1976 B.F.A. University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1981 American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Carter Burden Gallery, New York
2014 Cross Contemporary ART, Saugerties, NY
2013 Creon Gallery, New York
Abmeyer Wood Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 Andria Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley , ID
2011 Abmeyer Wood Gallery, Seattle, WA
Rob Ober Gallery, Kent, CT     Friesen Gallery, “The Promised Land”, Seattle, WA
2010 Rachel Sheng Gallery, Shanghai, China
Bund1919, Shanghai, China
2009 “Le Salon De F Crull”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2007 “Now and Then”,Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY
2005 “Favela” Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Samba” Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY
2004 “Voices” FosterArt, London, England
“ Horror Vacuii” Cheryl Pelavin, New York, NY
Ulster County College, Visiting Artist, Stone Ridge, NY
Goya-Girl, Baltimore, MD
2002 Arte 92, Milan, Italy
2001 Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, "Ford Crull, Art Now". Montgomery, Alabama
Aurobora Press, “Monoprints”, San Francisco, CA
1998 Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
M-13 Gallery, New York, NY
Ralls Collection, Washington, DC
1997 Lafayette College, "Works on Paper 1980-1996", Easton, PA
1996 M-13 Gallery, New York, NY
Han Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada
1995 Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL. "Le Fin de Millenaire"
1994 Aurobora Press, "Monotypes", San Francisco, CA.
M-13 Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Davidson College, "Work From the Eighties", Davidson, N.C.
Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992 Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle,WA
Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991 Galerie Michel Bigu8E, Montreal, Canada
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
M-13 Gallery, New York, NY
1990 M-13 Gallery, New York, NY
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1989 Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami, FL
Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
1988 Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA
G. H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1987 Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
M-13 Gallery, New York, NY
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Pelavin Editions Gallery, New York, NY
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
1986 Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Vox Populi Gallery, New York, NY
1985 Pictogram Gallery, New York, NY
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Vox Populi Gallery, New York, NY
1984 Pictogram Gallery, New York, NY
Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY
1983 Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1982 Diane Gilson Gallery, Seattle, WA
1980 Tom Luttrell Gallery, San Francisco, CA1979
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 “Shifting Ecologies 2” Athens Cultural Center, Athens NY
2014 FILTERED: what does love look like?, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
Roger Smith Hotel: Ford Crull and Peggy Cyphers, New York, NY
“Shifting Ecologies” The Painting Center, NY
“Metaglyphic”, Elena Ab Gallery, New York, NY
2012 SPAF, “Blue”. Saugerties, NY
2011 JPMorgan NY. “Loft in the Red Zone”, September. NYC
Rob Ober Gallery, “So Zik!”, Kent, CT
2010 Andria Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID 
2009 Andria Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008-2010 Your Documents Please” April 4- 20 2008 The Museum of Arts & Crafts-ITAMI2-5-28, 
                  Miyanomae, Itami-shi HYOGO 6640895 JAPAN 2007
                  Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe
2007 Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York, NY
Contemporary Art Projects, London, England
2005 Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY
2004 The Armory, “Works on Paper,” New York, NY
2003 Friesen Gallery. “Medium Rare”, Sun Valley, ID
FosterArt, “ Atlantic”. London, England
Howl Art Festival. “It’s Alive” East Village, New York, NY
2002 Associacao Alumni, “Underfoot”, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Ralls Collection. “America”. Washington, DC
Kleinart Arts Center. “Artists Choose Artists”. Woodstock, NY
2001 Zimmerli Art Museum, “ Confrontations”, Rutgers University, NJ
2000 Friesen Gallery. New Work, Sun Valley, ID
University of Washington. “ 4 x 4, Four Decades of School of Art Alumni Exhibit Seattle, WA
1999 Montclair Art Museum, "Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America."
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
1998 Pelavin Fine Art, "Spring Show." New York, NY
Klienart Center, "Space" Woodstock, NY
1997 Galerie Liga Nieuw Beelden, " OVEREENKOMST", Leiden, Holland
Elena Zang Gallery, "Flowers" Woodstock, NY
1996 The Ralls Collection, " Intimate Objects" Washington, D.C.
Fatouhi/Cramer Gallery, "By the Sea" New York, NY
1995 University of Oklahoma, Fred Jones Museum of Art, "The Stephane Janssen
Collection of Contemporary American and European Art", Oklahoma City
1994 Galeria de Arte," U.S.A. Within Limits", Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lakeview Museum, "Illinois Connection", Peoria, IL
Virginia Miller Gallery, "Varied Visions", Coral Gables, FL
1993 The Drawing Center, "The Return of the Cadavre Exquis", New York, NY
1994 The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Art Contemporaneo, Mexico City
Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO
Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
1993 Venice Biennale, "Xenographia – Nomadic Wall", Venice, Italy
Champion Gallery, "All That Glitters", Stamford CT
Fay Gold Gallery, "Works on Paper", Atlanta, GA
1992 The Armory, "Works on Paper", New York, NY
The Gallery, "Apocalypse and Resurrection", New York, NY
M-13 Gallery, "Ceramics", New York, NY
Michel Bigue Gallery, "Masters of the 20th Century", Montreal, Canada
1991 Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Zimmerli Art Museum, "Intaglio Printing in the 1980's, NJ
University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, "Imagery Series Collection", Rohnert Park, CA
Lorence Monk Gallery, "Black & White Prints", New York, NY
1990 Museum of Fine Arts, "The Unique Print", Boston, MA
Haggerty Museum, "Contemporary Visions of Death", Milwaukee, WI
Zimmerli Art Museum, "Surface Printing in the 1980's from the Rutgers Archives", New Brunswick, NJ
1989 Kuznetsky Most,"Painting Beyond the Death of Painting" Moscow, Soviet Union
Wilson Art Center, "Past Tense", Contemporary American Landscapists,Rochester, NY
1988 Adelphi University Manhattan Center Gallery, "Downtown Perspectives", NewYork,NY
Rhode Island School of Design Museum "New Visions of the Apocalypse" Providence,RI
1988 Center on Contemporary Art, "Seattle: Before and After", Seattle, WA
North Carolina Museum of Art, "Imprimatur", Raleigh, NC
Bumpershoot, "Decade of Abstraction" Seattle, WA
Park Avenue Synagogue, "Art", New York, NY
1987 M-13 Gallery, "LUST", New York, NY
Fay Gold Gallery, "Anniversary", Atlanta, GA
1987 Dalsheimer Gallery, "Paper", Baltimore, MD
1986 Linda Farris Gallery, "Large Works on Paper", Seattle, WA
Brooklyn Museum, "Print Biennial", New York. NYArt Jonction, Nice, France
FORUM, Zurich, Switzerland
Moos Art Gallery, "New York", Miami, FL
1985 Museo d'Accademia di Bella Arti, "East Village Show", Catanzaro, Italy
Centre Saidye Bronfman, "East Village Galleries", Montreal, Canada
Center for Contemporary Art, "New Talent/New York", East Hampton, NY
Jay Gallery, "The Animal Within", New York, NY
1984 California Book Works, Otis-Parsons, Los Angeles, CA
Vox Populi, "If Culture Means Anything", New York, NY
Pan Arts Gallery, "Art & Ego", New York, NY
Kamikaze Club, "Non-Context", New York, NY
Art Central, Seattle, WA

Selected Collections

Boise Art Museum, ID
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Champion Paper, Inc.
Chermayeff & Geismar Associates, New York, NY
Citicorp Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Coca Cola, Atlanta, GA
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Hallmark Corp. Kansas City
Amerada Hess, New York, NY
The High Museum, Atlanta, GA
IBM Corporation, San Jose, CA
J.P. Morgan & Co., New York, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Mobil Oil Corporation, New York, NY
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Otis Elevator, San Francisco, CA
Prudential Insurance Company, New York, NY
Security Pacific Bank, Seattle, WA
Sun Bank, FL
United Parcel Service, Atlanta, GA
U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
US West, Seattle, WA
Valley National Bank of Arizona
Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Seattle, WA
Washington State Art in New State Buildings Program, Kitsap County
Westinghouse Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

Selected Bibliography

2015 Goodman, Jonathon. Brooklyn Rail, “New Paintings,” December
2015 Wright, Jeffrey. Whitehot Magazine, New York, November
2013 Leon, Esperanza Hampton’s ArtHub, Art Southampton
2012 Haden-Guest, Anthony. “New York”. Art Newspaper, November 
2010 ICS Television, “Culture Matters”. Shanghai, China
Smart, Paul. “Culling Crull”. Woodstock Times, June
2009 Plasse, Dana. “Symbols and Sensibility”, Idaho Express, March
Calendar. “Now and Then”. The New York Sun.  May 
2007 Wright, Jeffrey. “Symbols and Torso” Chelsea Now, June
Calendar. “Now and Then”. The New York Sun. May
2004 Johnson, Ken. review, The New York Times, April.
Smart, Paul.”A Painter Possessed” Woodstock Almanac, October.
Gascoigne, Laura. review. Galleries, London. February
2002 Walenti, Joseph. review. Abstract Art Online, October
2001 Hacket, Regina. review. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October.
Farr, Shei1a. review. The Seattle Times. October
2000 Ratcliff, Carter. catalog. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL
1999 Pearl, Jed. "On Art." The New Republic, January
Morgan, Robert C. "Intimate Painting, Ford Crull." Cover Magazine, March
1998 Maxwell, Douglas. review. Review Magazine
Updike, Robin. review. The Seattle Times, October 1.
Samuels, Renee. review. Woodstock Times, February
1997 Henry, Gerrit. review. Art in America, January1996
Gladstone, Valerie. review. Art News, Summer.
1994 Tully, Jud. review. Cover Magazine, May
Print Collector’s Newsletter. " Pelavin Editions," April.
1993 Hoveland, Chris. review. The Davidsonian, January.
1992 Heartney, Eleanor. review. Art News, March.
1991 Raynor, Vivian. "Intaglio Printing in the 1980's", New York Times, January.
1990 Miller, John. review, ArtForum, May.
Mahoney, Robert. review, Arts, May
Ritchie, Charles. The 1980's: Prints from the Collection of Joshua P. Smith,
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Haden-Guest, Anthony, "Art Nost", Vanity Fair, January
1989 Turner, Elisa. review, Miami Herald, April.
1988 Moorman, Margret. "Diverse Expressions", Art News, November.
Hackett, Regina. review, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August.
Dorsey, John. "Windows on the Mind", The Sun, Baltimore, April.
Henry, Gerrit. review, Art in America, July.
1987 Hammond, Pamela. review, Art News, November.
Jones, Baird. Villager Downtown, December.
Dorsey, John. "Crull", The Sun, Baltimore, July.
Moore, Martha. "Eager Buyers", USA Today, June.
Artner, Alan. review, Chicago Tribune, January.
Gardner, Collin. review, Los Angeles Times, September.
1986 Cohrs, Timothy. review, Arts Magazine, September.
Art Junction Magazine, Nice, France. June.
McKenna, Christine. review, Los Angeles Times, June.
Ball, Maudette. review, Artweek, May.
"Openings." Arts & Antiques, April.
Hackett, Regina. review, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March.
Walker, Barry. 1986 Print Biennial Catalogue, Brooklyn Museum.
Goldman, Edward. Ford Crull (exh. cat.), Fisher Gallery/USC.
Sabbath, Lawrence. review, Montreal Gazette, March.
1985 Harrison, Helen. review, The New York Times, July.
Muchnic, Suzanne. review, The Los Angeles Times, April.
Bijutsu Techo (Japan), December.
City Magazine International (France), January.
1984 Heartney, Eleanor. review, Art News, November.
1983 Muchnic, Suzanne. review, Los Angeles Times, December.
1980 Campbell, Richard. review, Seattle Times, March.
1978 Review, The Weekly, Seattle, March.
1977 Tarzan, Deloris. review, Seattle Times, August.
Campbell, Richard. review, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August.

Selected Awards

1981 California State Art Exhibition, Sacramento, CA
1977 Edmond Art Festival Everett Art Show, First Prize in Painting
1976 Mercer Island Arts Festival, First Prize Edmond Art Festival
1975 Langley Arts Festival, First Prize Fifth Annual Tacoma Painting Show
1974 Renton Art Festival, First Prize Northwest Annual Exhibition

News and Press

The Brooklyn Rail, December 2015: Click for full article.


Whitehot Magazine, November 2015: Click for full article.

Art Performance at Radar, Sodo, Seattle August 2011


September 2010

Exhibition at bund1919, interview on ICS TV, Shanghai...”Culture Matters”

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June 10, 2010
Live art performance at bund 1919 opening for new art area in Shanghai. Exhibition at Rachel Sheng gallery, Shanghai, China

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