Ford Crull's paintings explore the intrinsic power and mystery that symbols possess in his richly colored canvases. Crull’s imagery ranges from hearts and text to less identifiable symbols. These symbols coexist in a psychic atmosphere in which they overlap, dissolve, and reappear with a kind of furious insistence. Historical images are particularly fascinating to Crull, because they have very different meanings in a variety of cultures and contexts. Crull’s vibrant paintings invite the viewer to draw on his or her own interpretations to decode the deeper layers of reality. In a wider sense, these paintings constitute a kind of intensive search to wrest meaning from an anarchy of feeling. Crull’s works are meditations on emotional chaos that enter into a world of competing impulses and simultaneous transmissions, seeking a resolution that is both cathartic and mysterious.
Ford Crull received his B.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington in Seattle. He also studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Crull has presented his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, including Shanghai, London, and Milan. His work is represented in collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), and the Dayton Art Institute, as well as in corporate and private collections such as Coca Cola, IBM Corporation, J.P. Morgan & Co., Mobil Oil Corporation. Recently he has executed live art performances in Shanghai, Seattle and the Woodstock Film Festival.