Flora & Field: Recent Paintings by Colleen and Justin Shull


Friday, September 24 – Sunday, October 3
Opening reception: Sept. 24, 5 – 7 PM
11 – 4 PM daily, with these exceptions:
October 1: Closed
October 2: 1 – 4 PM


Old Art Building



This exhibition features works created by wife and husband painters, Colleen Shull and Justin Shull. Colleen’s bold and colorful floral paintings occupy the space between abstraction and representation. Justin’s landscape paintings explore the interaction between nature’s growth patterns and the utility grid of our built environment.

About Colleen Shull

Colleen attended the inaugural class of the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and then earned her BFA in painting with a dual major in Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. She completed her MFA in Studio Art in Dallas, Texas at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in 2011. Her work is in private collections across the country.

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Artist's Statement from Colleen
"I work from observation and I’m interested in what exists between abstraction and recognition. My paintings explore the play of light reflections on water, windows, and mirrors. My subjects range from landscapes to still lifes made up of glass and abstracted floral elements to figures and self portraiture with mirrored abstractions of the figure. When I paint outside en plein air or inside the studio I seek to translate my immediate surroundings. The paintings have become a record of the places I have travelled and lived. I work in oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache. My color palette is highly saturated and vibrant with a focus on large forms and shadows. Gestural marks are layered with thick applications of juicy paint set against thin flowing watercolor washes. The observed space is simplified to a mix of organic and geometric forms as I try to capture the essence of the subject."


About Justin Shull

Justin Shull was born in Newport, New Hampshire in 1982 and currently lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan. Justin received a BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and a MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers. His work has been exhibited and collected nationally, and he has won several national awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the College Art Association, and the International Sculpture Center.

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Artist's Statement from Justin
"I find inspiration in the landscape. I work primarily from observation, either out in the field (en plein air) or in the studio in a variety of media, including acrylics, oils, gouache and digital. I aim to make direct, dynamic, and vibrant paintings of the ordinary spaces that we occupy and move through in everyday life. My paintings are as much about the world we make as they are about the world that makes us, and they often feature an interplay between elements of the built environment and the natural world, setting up a conversation between the geometries of our civilization and the organic forces that coexist in a dynamic tension."

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