The exhibition titled “Pattern of Relations: Five Generations of Hull Family Artists,” curated by Timothy Hull, opens on Sat., Jun. 2 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Amity Gallery, located at 110 Newport Bridge Rd. in Warwick.
This unique exhibition displays five generations of artists within the Hull family. The first three generations were a hardware store owner, a banker and a doctor, respectively. Art for them was a serious hobby, a passion, a way of reducing stress from a busy professional life.
Charles Wager Hull lived in Washingtonville, NY and painted watercolors of nature and botanical scenes. His son, William Gilbert Hull, was a banker in New York City but spent his weekends drawing the cows of Orange County. His son, Donald Burns (DB) Hull, a medical doctor in Ridgewood, NJ, began painting while in medical school and developed a lifelong passion for landscape during his three year stay in Europe as a medical doctor in WWII.
Upon buying a farm in Warwick in 1949, the Warwick Valley became a retreat for painting and studying the rural landscape. DB Hull retired to Warwick and devoted his time to plein-air oil painting, focusing on the barns and agricultural landscapes of Orange County.
More recently, art has become not only a way of life but a profession for members of the Hull family. DB’s daughter, Nancy Hull Kearing, studied at Yale University and aside from heading up her own interior design firm, has exhibited her lyrical abstractions in New York City and various other galleries across the United States.
Nancy recently had a solo exhibition at the Amity Gallery. Her son, Joseph Kearing, is an artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. His continued interest in abstract forms and hard-edge geometry is in conversation with his mother’s work.
Patrick Bradner, another grandson of DB Hull, was born in Warwick NY, yet has been pursuing architectural design and fine art in Richmond, VA, exploring the intersections of contemporary and indigenous design elements. Gordon Hull, also a grandson of DB Hull, was a founder of the multi-national design firm Surface 2 Air and aside from creative direction in advertising, has shown his whimsical and poetic drawings in galleries and boutiques in New York, Paris and Tokyo and has made designs for Adidas, Hello Kitty and various international firms.
Timothy Hull, Gordon’s brother, had his art career born of study in Florence, Italy and at the Parsons School of Design in New York. Since graduating with an MFA in painting he has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angles and Italy, and his work has been reviewed or featured in Art Forum, Art in America, and the New York Times. He has also curated a number of exhibitions, including this one at the Amity Gallery.
The exhibition is open on the weekends from 12 noon to 4 p.m. until Sun., Jul. 1. For more information call 258-0818.