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Bill Sullivan
Pablo's View (Medellin): 1970's Colombian Landscape Painting on Canvas

1979

$9,000

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1970's landscape painting on canvas of a view in Medellin, Colombia Calming atmospheric yellow, blue, and green palette Made in 1979 by Bill Sullivan oil on canvas, unframed 24 x 40 inches signed, lower right This modern landscape painting was made by Hudson Valley based artist, Bill Sullivan, in 1979. Interested in the style of the Hudson River School painters such as Frederic Church and Thomas Cole, Sullivan sought to adapt traditional landscapes with a modern lens. During the 1970's and 80's, Sullivan traveled in the footsteps of Frederic Church, capturing the same scenes the late artist made famous 100 years prior. Here Sullivan paints a picturesque scene overlooking a mountain range in Medellin, Colombia. Titled 'Pablo's View', Sullivan perhaps envisioned Pablo Escobar overlooking the same scene. The atmospheric quality of this painting is calming, as a soft yellow light reflects onto the water in the foreground of the lush green mountain-scape. The painting is currently unframed and signed in the lower right corner. About the artist's work by John Ashbery: With only a tinge of irony, Bill Sullivan makes new the vast spaces and swooning optimism of nineteeth-century Luminist painting. Reaffirming the contemplation of nature as its own reward, he also sets new tasks for painting and undertakes them with compelling eagerness. While there has been a tendency among some contemporary artists to present a revisionist view of the "great outdoors" of nineteenth-century landscape painters, Sullivan has no satirical agenda. After spending several years in South America amid the landscapes that attracted Frederic Edwin Church and Martin Heade, among others, he refined and strengthened this awesome imagery after returning to New York. A certain surreality floats though these vaporous visions of Columbia, though this may just be the result of Sullivan's careful documentation of scenes that looked unreal to begin with. About the Artist: Sullivan attended Silvermine College and earned an M.F.A. from The University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Fairfield Porter, Neil Welliver, Jane Freilicher, John Button and Rudy Burckhardt. He also studied privately with Josef and Annie Albers. In the late 1960s, Sullivan joined Bowery Gallery, an artist-run gallery that was dedicatedto figurative art. Later, when the Alliance of Figurative Artists was starting, Sullivan organized weekly panels and discussions at The Educational Alliance. Sullivan's first solo show at Bowery Gallery in 1970 included paintings depicting people, New York cityscapes and still lifes. After this show, Sullivan developed an interest in landscape painting. New York City, the Hudson River and Manhattan's West Side highway became his main subjects. He had several shows of these paintings at Bowery Gallery and continued to paint the Hudson River until the end of his life. At one of these shows he met art collector G. W. Einstein, who became his friend and represented him for many years. Sullivan had his first solo show at G. W. Einstein Company in 1978. In 1977, Sullivan met Colombian writer Jaime Manrique; they traveled to Colombia, where Bill painted the places that Frederick Edwin Church and Martin Johnson Heade had painted in the 1850s. In Colombia he had a solo show in the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art in 1978. The years following his return from South America was the period when Sullivan's work was most in display in New York City. Sullivan remained in New York City until 2001 where he had several solo shows. In 2002, he settled in Hudson, New York, where his two nineteenth-century heroes, Frederick Church and Sanford Robinson Gifford, had lived. He painted many of the sites Church and Gifford rendered on canvas. Resume: 2009 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY 2008 BCB Gallery, Hudson, NY 2007 BCB Gallery, Hudson, NY 2006 The Autobiography of Bill Sullivan: A Landscape Retrospective, The Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY 2005 Roxbury Art Group, Roxbury, NY Hudson River Views, Bonnie Andretta Fine Arts, Hudson, NY 2004 Indelible, Gallery 2/20, New York, NY Workshop Exhibition, Dannette Koke Fine Art, New York, NY 2003 The Gallery at The St. Charles, Hudson, NY Paintings of South America, Hudson, NY Painted City, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY Juried Art Show, Columbian Council on the Arts, Hudson, NY Made In Hudson, Artwalk, Hudson, NY 2002 Musselman Gallery, Hudson, NY 2001 HHA Gallery, Riverdale, NY The Landscape That Changed America, The Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY 1999 Silas-Kenyon Gallery, Provincetown, MA Greenwoods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK 1998 Suitcase Will Travel, Conductor’s Gallery, London, UK 1997 House/Scene, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany Selected Prints, Atrium Gallery, Long Island City, NY Contemporary Selections, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY 1996 Uptown Gallery, New York, NY Eight Realists: Realism Then and Now, K & E Gallery, New York, NY Recent Acquisitions, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY Pencilvanians Drawn to New York, Pennsylvania Alumni Exhibition, Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY New Acquisitions, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY 1995 Five Aspects of American Landscape Painting, Creiger Dane Gallery, Boston, MA New York City Views, Owen Gallery, New York, NY Increased Visibility, Leslie-Lohman Gallery, New York, NY American Realism, Gallery Bijutsu Sekai, Tokyo, Japan Group Show, G.W. Einstein Co., New York, NY 1994 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY Pride in Our Diversity, 24 Hours for Life Gallery, New York, NY Paint Props and Process, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY 1993 Celebration, G.W. Einstein Co, Inc., New York, NY Far Away Places Artists Who Travel, SSC&B Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY Group Show, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY Art & Fantasy, Amos Eno Gallery and The Puck Building, New York, NY Organization of Independent Artists Benefit, Brook Alexander Gallery, New York, NY 19th & 20th Century Works of Art, Friends of OLANA Benefit, Hudson, NY 1992 New York Icons, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY Group Show, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY Shanti Foundation Benefit Exhibition, Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Contemporary American Landscape, World Art Collection in conjunction with Quatre Pieces Gallery, Yokohoma, Japan The Scarf, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY 1991 Urban Icons, Klarfeld Perry Gallery, New York, NY City Edge of Night, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA Spirit of Place Dada Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan Group Show, Tatistchieff, Santa Monica, CA Group Show, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY American Images, Crane Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; World Art Collection, Yokohama, Japan; Daimon Art Gallery, Sapparo, Japan; Beersheba Gallery, Osaka, Japan 1990 Susan Schreiber Gallery, New York, NY Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY Plein Air Painting: Capturing the Moment, Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Land/Sea/Air, Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD Penn Prints: 30 Years of Printmaking at the University of Pennsylvania, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA A Little Night Music: Manhattan in the Dark, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY Gallery Group Show, Susan Schreiber Gallery, New York, NY Painting California: Five New York Artists Look at Los Angeles, Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 1989 G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY Food Show, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, NY June Moon: Lunar Reflections by Contemporary Artists, GW Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY Neo Romantics, Lafayette College, The Gallery, Williams Center for the Arts, Easton, PA Romance is Back, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY Social Studies, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY 1988 New York Inspired: Past and Present”, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY “Contemporary Art at the Bayly”, Bayly Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA The Face of the Land, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA The Nude, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY Waterworks, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY 1987 The World is Round: Artist and Expansive Vision, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Parish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; Arts and Science Center, Nashua, NH; College Art Gallery, S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz, NY; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY One of a Kind, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY Lush Landscapes, Attitude Art, New York, NY 1986 Schreiber/Cutler, Inc., New York, NY G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY Self-Portraits, G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY Night Landscapes, Schreiber/Cutler, Inc., New York, NY Contemporary Romantic Landscape Painting, Lockhaven Art Center, Orlando, FL Red White, and Blue, Schreiber/Cutler, Inc., New York, NY The Art of Business, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE The Spirit of Liberty, Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH The Statue of Liberty: Contemporary Graphic Views, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY; Silvermine Gallery, Norwalk, CT View Across America, Pfizer Corporation, New York, NY Art for Collectors, Lockhaven Art Center, Orlando, FL 1985 New York Prints, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY Contemporary Still Life, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY American Art Now!, Columbus Museum of Arts and Science, Columbus, GA Contemporary Painters of the Hudson River, Albany, NY; Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY; Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY; The Arsenal, New York, NY Prints from the Lower East Side Printshop, Department of Cultural Affairs Gallery, New York, NY 1984 David Findlay Jr., New York, NY Gifts to the Museum, Reading Museum, Reading, PA New Vistas: Contemporary American Landscapes, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Tucson Museum of Fine Arts, Tucson, AZ Bowery on the Bowery Invitational, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY Sunset 1984, David Findlay Jr., Inc., New York, NY Eight Years Later, Artists’ Choice Museum, New York, NY New Landscapes, Rahr-West Museum, Mantowac, WI; Frumkin Strobie Gallery, Chicago, IL 1983 Painted Light, Artist’s Choice, Queens Museum, New York, NY; Butler Institute, Youngstown, OH The New Landscape, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY In Honor of the Brooklyn Bridge, David Findlay Jr., New York, NY 1982 Contemporary Realism, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY 1981 Ruth Siegel Ltd., New York, NY Escapes, Art Latitude Gallery, New York, NY 1980 G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY Salon des Independents, New York Critics’ Choice, Grand Palais, Paris, France 1979 Galeria Condor, Barranquilla, Colombia Galeria Finale, Medellin, Colombia 16 Realistas, Centro Colombo-Americano, Bogota, Colombia Bienal Americana de Artes Graficas, Museo de Artes Graficas, Maracaibo, Venezuela 1978 G.W. Einstein Company, New York, NY Capricorn Gallery, Washington, DC Museo de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela Grabados Internacionales, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia Three Realists, Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; Habatat Gallery, Dearborn, MI; Jessie Besser Museum, Alpina, MI Artists’ Choice: Figurative Art in New York, Soho Center for the Visual Arts, New York, NY New Images: Figuration in American Painting, Queens Museum, New York, NY 1976 Bowery Gallery, New York, NY 1975 Webber Gallery, Portland, ME Selections from the Bowery Gallery, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ 1974 Bowery Gallery, New York, NY 1973 The Representational Spirit, New York State University, Albany, NY 1972 Bowery Gallery, New York, NY 1971 Annual Purchase Exhibition”, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA Public Collections Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia Museo de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY New York Public Library, New York, NY Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, PA Literature 2006 Manrique, Jaime. The Autobiography of Bill Sullivan. Hudson, NY: The Groundwater Press, 2006 Biographical References: Who,s Who in America Who’s Who in American Art The Printworld Directory of Contemporary Prints Public and Corporate Collections: Albany Institute of History and Art Cleveland Museum of Art Hudson River Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia Museo de Artes Graficas, Maracaibo, Venezuela Museo de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela Museum of the City of New York New York Public Library Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery The Alantic Group American Telephone and Telegraph Company Bank of Bermuda

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    1979
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    Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Width: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
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    Hudson, NY
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    1stDibs: LU2273988651

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