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Go Figure: Representing the Human Form in Painting

  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453 (map)

PAINTING 647 001, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours

This class will explore ways of representing the figure in painting. Whether observed or imagined, all figurative painting requires invention. Maintaining the believability of that invention, no matter how “unreal” it might become, will be the focus of the class. We will look at a range of figurative representation, from the ancient to the present. After a series of drawing and painting assignments involving shape, scale, and distortion we will move on to self-directed figurative paintings that will engage the whole language of painting.

Hymn , oil and wax on linen, 28” x 22”, 2016

Hymn, oil and wax on linen, 28” x 22”, 2016


Richard Hull joined the Phyllis Kind Gallery before his graduation from the SAIC, where many of Chicago’s legendary Imagist painters showed in the late 1970’s, including Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, and Karl Wirsum. He was known then for painting abstracted architectural interiors where towers, gabled roofs, and arched doorways combine with the geometric solids and intersecting planes to form a framework in which various figurative elements are situated. Hull calls his recent paintings and drawings “stolen portraits”. His crayon drawings, in particular, are portraits in the form of hairdos, each one expressing a distinct visual personality rather than a representation of a particular individual. His paintings, drawings and prints are in the collections of several museums including the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Smithsonian Museum. Washington D.C.; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Smart Museum, Chicago. He has exhibited his work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; Portland Art Museum OR; the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Herron Gallery of Art, Indianapolis, IN; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL; and the Painting Center, New York, NY.

Earlier Event: July 16
Beginning Glass (Session 2)
Later Event: July 16