Bull - Mixed Media Art by John Fulton Short
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John Fulton Short
Bull

c. 1975

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This artwork "Bull" c. 1975 by American bull fighter and artist, JohnFulton Short (John Fulton 1933-1998) is a bull blood painting on paper. It is signed at the lower right corner by the artist. The artwork size is 19 x 14 inches, framed is 26.5 x 21.15 inches. Framed in original wooden silver color frame, with linen filet. Artwork is in very good condition, it has a minor 2.5 inches light crease at the bottom middle. the framing junction has slightly retracted at 3 of the 4 corners as show on the picture pictures #6 and #7 About the artist. John Fulton, in full Fulton John Short, (born May 25, 1933, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. American bullfighter and painter, who was one of only two Americans (the other was Sidney Franklin) to receive the alternativa (the ceremony in which a novice becomes a full matador) in Madrid, the centre of the bullfighting world. When he was a boy growing up in Philadelphia, Fulton saw the film Blood and Sand (1941) starring Rita Hayworth and Tyrone Power. Struck by the pageantry, colour, and excitement of bullfighting, he resolved to become a torero (bullfighter). In the early 1950s he received a scholarship to an art school in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, an opportunity that allowed him to study both bullfighting and painting, his lifelong passion. Although becoming a matador is extremely difficult for a Spaniard or a Latin American and is almost impossible for anyone of non-Latin origin, Fulton was determined. After training extensively with professional bullfighters, he managed to get several opportunities to perform in northern Mexico and began building a modest reputation. After his release from the army in 1956, Fulton went to Spain, where he met the great Juan Belmonte, who tutored him. Over the next several years he performed many times as a novillero (novice) with some of Spain’s leading matadors, but he found it was almost impossible to achieve his lifelong goal, to be awarded the title of matador de toros. Finally, he was given the alternativa in Sevilla (1963) and was “confirmed” in Madrid (1967). On April 2, 1994, Fulton—at age 60, a very advanced age for a bullfighter, fought a farewell corrida (bullfight) in San Miguel de Allende, where he had begun bullfighting. He then retired and devoted himself to his successful painting career in Sevilla. Many of his popular works in private and public galleries were painted with a single pigment: the blood of the bulls he had killed in the ring. He did this, in his words, to emulate the “primitive matador-painters who had to limit themselves to natural media taken from the very animals they killed. He died in February 8, 1998 in Sevilla, Spain.

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  • Artist
    John Fulton Short (1933 - 1998, American)
  • Creation Year
    c. 1975
  • Dimensions
    H 26.5 in. x W 21.1 in. x D 1.85 in.H 67.31 cm x W 53.6 cm x D 4.7 cm
  • Gallery Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU66633051923
  • Seller Reference Number
    ful/bul 101
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