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Ford Crull
New York, NY

About the Artist

Ford Crull explores the expressive power of personal and cultural symbols in a series of densely painted and vividly colored compositions. Ford uses identifiable images such as hearts, wings, crosses, and the human figure, as well as geometrical emblems and abstract forms whose meanings are less explicit. Words, in the form of cryptic, fleeting phrases, also animate Ford's pictorial world. He employs a myriad of symbols which variously imply a sexual unfolding, romantic suffering, occult wisdom, and transcendental release. These symbols coexist in a psychic atmosphere in which they overlap,…

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About the Artist

Ford Crull explores the expressive power of personal and cultural symbols in a series of densely painted and vividly colored compositions. Ford uses identifiable images such as hearts, wings, crosses, and the human figure, as well as geometrical emblems and abstract forms whose meanings are less explicit. Words, in the form of cryptic, fleeting phrases, also animate Ford’s pictorial world. He employs a myriad of symbols which variously imply a sexual unfolding, romantic suffering, occult wisdom, and transcendental release. These symbols coexist in a psychic atmosphere in which they overlap, dissolve, and reappear with a kind of furious insistence. There is a strong element of the diaristic in his 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 an 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.

Ford was raised in Seattle, where he graduated from the University of Washington. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery, Dayton Art Institute, and the Brooklyn Museum. His paintings were included in the important 1989 Moscow exhibition, “Painting After the Death of Painting,” curated by Donald Kuspit. Recent exhibitions have included shows in Shanghai, London, Milan, and Seattle.

Artist’s Work

Midsummer nights dream
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Midsummer Night's Dream

By Ford Crull

Crossdreamers
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Crossdreamers

By Ford Crull

The seekers
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The seekers

By Ford Crull

Whenever
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Whenever

By Ford Crull

Phalanx
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Phalanx

By Ford Crull

Love is always blue
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Love is Always Blue

By Ford Crull

Whatever
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Whatever

By Ford Crull

The red queen
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The Red Queen

By Ford Crull

Parsifal
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Parsifal

By Ford Crull

Ohayo mountsin road 5
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Ohayo Mountsin Road #5

By Ford Crull

Mephistopheles
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Mephistopheles

By Ford Crull

Some lovers
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Some Lovers

By Ford Crull

Selected Exhibitions

  • Carter Burden Gallery
    New York, 2015
  • 2013 Creon Gallery
    New York, 2014
  • Abmeyer Wood Gallery
    Seattle, WA, 2013
  • Rachel Sheng Gallery
    Shanghai, China, 2010
  • 2000 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
    Montgomery, Alabama, 2000

Press and Accolades

  • Wright, Jeffrey.
    2015
  • Haden-Guest, Anthony.
    2015
  • ICS Television, Shanghai
    2010

Education

  • University of Washington, BFA
    Seattle,1976