The studio of artist Richard Gullion, bursts with the energy of more than 40 years of drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculpture, filling the studio space and an entire wall of the adjoining gallery hallway.
Gullions’ works range from vivid paintings with splashes of color layered over applied textural surfaces to drawings on paper, some whimsical and colorful, others in stark black with muted tones. Most recently the Triton Museum’s exhibit “Veteran’s Views, Art by Those Who Served,” included his arresting series of paintings and drawings depicting his service in the Vietnam War.
Gullion explains that the twists and turns he experiences during the creative process often lead down unexpected pathways – but usually to the right destination. Referring to his imagery as “Visual literacy,” his intent is to present honest emotion, deeply personal to him, in a way that does not obscure the viewer’s interpretation, which he believes is just as valid.
Summing up his daring approach to the creative process, Gullion quotes the following life lesson, “Be present in all matters and be certain that things that don’t matter, don’t matter!”
The Alameda ArtWorks
San Jose, CA 95126
Written by Patricia Johnson
Photograph by Daniel Garcia
For the ninth season, The Alameda Artworks will host their Fall Open Studios in support of Sacred Heart Community Service. The studios will open on Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd and 4th from 11 Am to 5 PM. As in the past nine years, the AAW artists will donate 10 % of all sales to support the Sacred Heart Community Service general fund and holiday outreach.