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Emily Fuller Art Exhibit

Art review
by Kevin T. McEneaney
Mon Jan 28th, 2019

Yellow Spillway 1978 by Emily Fuller

This piece is 1 of 5 large pieces, (80” high x 36” wide each one colored in mono chrome of either orange, blue, green, and red) done in 1978, acrylic paint on sewn and marked paper.  there were pieces of paper sewn on top of paper.  The marks were incised into the top layers of  paper with wood cutting and sculpture tools.  Then the pieces were painted with acrylic paint.  Wherever there were marks the paint made the marks darker than the undisturbed background.  The marks signify animal tracks, field/garden town, and building roofs.

The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, CT, is hosting an exhibit of local artist Emily Fuller who lives in Amenia. The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan hosts her work in their Drawings & Prints collection. Her work can also be seen in the Indianapolis Museum of Art collection, as well as in corporate and private collections. This exhibit at the Hunt Library features both landscapes and abstract collages

After graduating from Tufts University with a B.S. degree, she worked at the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art. From 1971 to 1981 Fuller focused on abstract depictions of nature, yet in 1981 she began to work more with representational landscapes, albeit with her own personal distillation of landscapes, most commonly in Dutchess and Columbia counties, yet there are on exhibit some paintings done in Maine’s Casco Bay near Portland. She also studied at the Art Students League of New York with  Richard Mayhew. 

One theme of her work is that she prefers painting landscapes and buildings that will likely disappear, thus providing an historical aspect to her painting. Her paintings often exhibit adept layering of colors, as she most often works with a palette of green, gold, blue, and mauve. Sometimes her paintings feature submerged allegories or subtle inflections of irony. She has definitely evolved into her own personal artistic voice. As well as painting she also performs sewing art. And a few examples were on display.

My favorite paintings on display were a large red barn, a huge sewer pipe, and a shoreline scene on Peak’s island in Maine. Within thirty minutes of the opening at the Hunt library two paintings were promptly sold. Fuller is a local talent who deserves more public recognition. Her pricing for paintings remains modest.

Fuller regularly exhibits in Manhattan’s lower east side at www.galleryonetwentyeight.org (126 Rivington Street, phone 212-674-0244). Sometimes artists and prophets are not quickly recognized in their own locales. The exhibit at the Hunt Library will run through March 2.