Alan Fulle



I am a Maximalist and materials oriented abstract artist. I am excited by the alchemical, physical, and emotive nature of paint itself as a subject, and its interplay with other materials I use in my work - resin, glass, wood, metals and concrete.  My work documents and expresses emotional states through forms within structures or zones of abstraction. Since narrative exists within the material context, it is the exploration of physical interplay of materials that allows me to express emotion, spirituality, impermanence, and other human conditions.

I consider maximalism a product of minimalism and abstract expressionism, with a focus on architecture, materials, process of transformation, decay and change, influenced by the depth of a human experience.  Working with paint as a sculptural tool, I enjoy experiencing its viscosity and gravity.  Each type of paint and artistic material is an alchemical ingredient that transforms when brought into concert with another.

I use oil paints and washes, oil and water based polyurethanes, resins, acrylics and enamels to suggest change and decay.  These organic processes married with architectural forms and subtle pallets of color create a moving, restive balance of forms.

I try to present a global perspective on contemporary abstract art, blending together art and industry, and minimalism with passion as they relate to the emotional perception of color, texture and light. By using varied materials and deep optical juxtapositions, I give the viewer a reason to pause, consider different points of contrast, and bond with the surroundings.

 



Biography
Born in 1964, Alan Goodson Fulle grew up and continues to live in Seattle, Washington. Whether the medium is sculpting, painting, or video Alan's work explores qualities of nature and architecture. Working primarily with various paints held within layers of epoxy resin, Alanís inspiration comes from the innate beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  His art emphasizes rich colors, strong organic compositions, natural earth forms and a lexicon of harder edged shapes reminiscent of geometric human-made forms and expressions.

Alan graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in painting in 1989. While attending university he also explored sculpture, printmaking, and photography. Alanís explorations in photography eventually led to a stronger interest in video. Pursuing this interest, he returned to the University of Washington in 1994 for a certificate program in video and film.

Today, Alan is a Maximalist, which he defines as a product of the combined ideas of Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism but with an additive emphasis on architecture.  His explorations with the alchemic interactivity between paint materials and epoxy resin has lead to the creation of both sculptural paintings and freestanding Tower sculptures.  Alan is also experimenting with creating multi-sensory sculptural structures by including video elements into his Tower pieces.

Alan is now working on growing his career both domestically and internationally with shows in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Vancouver, Canada and Portland, Oregon.  
Education
1994    Certificate in Film and Video, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1989    BFA, Painting, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Solo Exhibitions
2011    Stripes and Dots, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011    Cosmos, Gallery 903, Portland, OR
2010    Kimono Gem Boxes, BeppuWiarda Gallery, Portland, OR
2009    Northwest Boy, Willam Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008    Gem Box, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007    Diverse Passions, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006    Quest, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006    Jewel Capsules, The Painting Center, New York, NY
2005    Glow, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005    Pattern Light Dots, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA
2004    Light Dots-Depth of Field, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004    Light Dots, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003    New Vision, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2002    Cave Wall Series, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2002    Vertical Thoughts, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
1990    The Ring Series, Azart, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibitions
2011    MAAP Painters, Art Garden Drenthe, Dwingeloo, Drenthe, The Netherlands
2010    Representations, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005    Tower of Hope and Giant Gems, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008    The MAAP (Materails Artists of the American Pacific) Painters, Art Garden
2000    Drenthe, Dwingeloo,Drenthe, Netherlands
2006    Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006    Enumclaw Basecamp Exhibition, curated by Michael Sweeney, Enumclaw, WA
2005    Seattle Art Museum, Rental/Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005    Hurricane Rita Benefit, Seattle Art Dealers Association, Alibi Room, Seattle, WA
2005    They Shoot Painters Donít They?, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2004    Fresh Paint, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2004    Fresh Assortments, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
2004    They Shoot Painters Donít They?, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2004    Medium Rare, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2003    They Shoot Painters Donít They?, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2002    They Shoot Painters Donít They?, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2002    48th Bold Expressions, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA
2002    New Artists, New Work, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001    47th Bold Expressions, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA
2001    Northwest Annual, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2000    Seattle Art Museum, Rental/Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996    Routed Woodcut Series, 4E Gallery, New York, NY
1994    Anthropomorphic Series, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA
1994    Northwest Annual, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Publications
2008    Matthew Kangas, Art Ltd., Review, July, pg.21
2004    Regina Hackett, Seattle Post Intelligencer, December 27, 2004
2003    Regina Hackett, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Lightdots
2001    Matthew Kangas, Seattle Times. Visual Arts Section, p 40. June 1, 2001
1994    Anthropomorphic Series, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA
1994    Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
Awards
2008    PONCHO Artistic Merit Award, PONCHO 8th Annual Invitational Fine Art Auction, "Addicted to Art"
1988    University of Washington Arts Scholarship

Professional Experience
2004    Kirkland Arts Center, Curator for Materials Witness, Kirkland, WA
Community Involvement & Charity Auctions
Artist Trust Auction
Art for Heart
PONCHO Invitational Fine Art Auction
Bellevue Art Museum
Wing Luke Asian Art Museum
Move On.org
"Northwest for Breasts" Concert and Auction
Pratt Fine Arts Center
Center on Contemporary Art (COCA)
Seattle Men's/Women's Chorus Annual Art Auction