The major part of my practice is painting with watercolours and oils. Subject matter includes landscape, portraiture and still life. The landscapes are mostly completed on location.
As an immigrant to Australia, the exotic beauty of the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW, together with the experience of the new and harsh sunlight, confronted and attracted me. Varying degrees of light change visual experience and effect tone and mood. I observe and synthesise this along with the other factors affecting working ‘plein air’ such weather and the environment. I enjoy being in the environment and interpreting it ‘live’. I observe mainly coastal landscape and explore the compositional possibilities within a representational/expressive format. I find that the problems presented and the dynamics of plein air painting informs my studio painting. I work solidly within the aesthetics of painting and am inspired by its history, its methods, its great practitioners. Painting has the potential to capture an ineffable and transferable psychological presence. In my doctoral thesis I referred to this as ‘Visual Transference’. The notion of paint as a form of expression and a painting as a means of capturing time, space and content has absorbed me for many years and links to this concept of Visual Transference.
Concurrently, since 2008, I have also been life and figure drawing/painting on a weekly basis. I find this a constant challenge to perception, observation and technique. The ‘life work’ also presents an opportunity to analyse and experiment.
Tony Hull has been a finalist and exhibitor in the NSW Parliament Plein Art Prize for the last five consecutive years. In 2013 he was a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Hull has won 26 different awards and prizes for his paintings. Some highlights include, the Waverley Art Prize for Works on Paper 2011 and 2005; the Art Visions Prize 2002; the John Copes Prize for Representational Art 2000; and the James Kiwi Prize for Watercolour Painting 1995. His most recent award was Highly Commended in the 2014 Thirroul Seaside Art Prize. Tony Hull has been an artist and teacher for nearly forty years and his work is held in many private and several corporate/public collections. Hull was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong in 1997. You can view his thesis at http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/1751/ He has held eight solo exhibitions and participates in many group exhibitions each year.
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