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 Garner Tullis  (1939 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/California/Ohio / Italy      Known for: grid structure, monotype, sculpture

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Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1939, Garner Tullis became best known for his printmaking, especially monotypes, but has also done non-objective paintings with encaustic, still life with acrylic, bronze sculpture and innovative work with film.  In the early 1970s, he experimented with a process of bonding thin films of titanium and quartz in a vacuum chamber to glass plates, and the effect was "mists of rainbow color spectra over mirror-like reflecting surfaces". (Albright 318)

He was educated at Principia College and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA), where he studied with the architect Louis Kahn; the sculptor Jacques Lipchitz; and such legendary figures of the New York school as Emilio Vedova, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, David Smith and Mark Rothko.  After winning a Fulbright Scholarship which took him to Florence, he obtained a Fulbright Extension and Travel Grant for travel throughout Europe, and studied at Stanford University (MA) with Arnaldo Pomodoro and Nathan Oliveira.

Garner Tullis has worked in both New York City and California.  In New York City he founded the Garner Tullis Workshop, and in California was Foundry Supervisor of Sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley from 1967 to 1969 and Associate Professor of Printmaking at the University of California, Davis from 1976 to 1984.

In 1973, he founded the International Center for Experimental Printmaking in Santa Cruz, California. From this Center, he made bronze sculpted heads and then created reliefs of these heads from handmade paper, obtained from recycled canvases. In the late 1970s, he did acrylic on paper abstracted still-life paintings that featured in silhouette materials from his studio.

The first recipient of the Ralph T. King Award for outstanding contributions to printmaking of the Print Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, he has taught at Bennington College; California State College, Stanislaus; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Davis; and Harvard University - and worked extensively as a visiting artist in Australia, Europe, and South America.

He has had solo exhibitions of his own work at the Cleveland Institute of Art; the National Museum of Art, Belgrade; the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York; and numerous other galleries and museums.

His art is in the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and numerous other well known public and private collections.

He is a life member of the Print Club of Philadelphia and also belonged to the California Society of Printmakers.

Since after September 11, 2001, having lived and worked 300+ meters from the World Trade Center Towers in New York from where he watched the second plane hit, Tullis has made his permanent home in Italy.

Sources include:
Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980
Art-Talk
Who's Who in American Art, 25th Edition, 2003-2004
The artist's website, with his permission

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