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brian tull


Headlights on a two-lane highway, bright sun rays through trees, trains on a rainy night. They come from small towns and large towns. I saw one when you passed by on the street; I heard one in a 1930’s bluegrass song; in the gospel spoken by the preacher on Sunday morning. Ideas and inspiration for my paintings come from the past and present, from all things nostalgic. Like a songwriter flirting with words, I manipulate paint to dictate my story, capturing moments from an era when things seemed simple, more genuine and honest.

My strategically cropped paintings are sometimes confrontational and often feature the female figure as protagonist, giving you a subtle glimpse into the characters’ lives. Usually leaving you wondering what’s just beyond the edges, you might find yourself squinting to see what’s being reflected in the gleaming chrome in some of my pieces. The compositions range from graphic-oriented realism with images rich in unmixed color and bound by hard edges, to true photorealism using original photographs as source material. Staging the photograph for the painting reference is essential, as I rarely change anything throughout the painting process. Everything must be period correct.

I’m pulled to photorealism because it makes the viewer notice things they wouldn’t notice in real time, especially with my work being large-scale and detailed. A painting freezes movement, reflections. Photorealism is a well-suited vehicle for capturing moments that occur with little notice, but are nonetheless revealing in their narrative. Painting in this style forces me as the artist to look beyond the subject matter; to just let a face be an object, or a car just a block of color. In the end, the story will be seen and told.

For me, my paintings are about making the acrylic, oil and brushes work. They’re about me constantly improving technique. They’re about interest of composition and technicalities. For you, I hope my paintings arouse a memory or feeling from within. I hope you allow them to create a story; any story you choose to make up and be a part of. Inspired by life, completed by faith.


Born March 28, 1975



2016               (group), 10th Anniversary Show, The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC

2014               (group), The New Real 2: Figure-Focused, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN

2014               (group), Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley,                     Winchester, VA.                 

2014               Part of the Landfill Art Project (An Artist Reclamation Project). 

2013               (group), Workspaces: Artists’ Studios II, The Arts Company, Nashville, TN

2013               (group), Upon Reflection, Quidley & Company Fine Art, Boston, MA2012    

2013               The New Real (group), Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN 

2011               Winter’s Ebb (group), The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC

2010               ReTune Nashville (group), Soundcheck, Nashville, TN 

2010               Landfill Art Project (An Artist Reclamation Project) (group), International

2010               Summer Sampling (group), The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC

2009               A Wintry Mix (group), The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC

2009               Summer Sampling (group), The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC

2007               Of Time (solo), Gallery One, Nashville, TN

2006               Warner Brothers Records (solo), Nashville, TN

2006               Watkins College of Art & Design Benefit (group), Nashville, TN

2006               Gibson Guitartown (group), Nashville, TN

2002               University of North Alabama Artist Alumni (group), Florence, AL 

2000-2008      Annually; Arts Alive (group), Florence, AL

2000-2008      Annually; Charish the Kids (group), Nashville, TN

2000               Hanging Around Gallery (group), Nashville, TN 



Music Voyager, Los Angeles, CA

CAA, Nashville, TN

ASCAP, Nashville, TN

Gibson Guitar, Nashville, TN

Hunters Custom Automotive, Nashville, TN

Quintess Resorts, Palm Springs, CA

YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN