Featured Artist: Brian Tull

Happy New Year everyone! Wow, wasn’t 2013 the craziest year ever? The Julians went through a whole year of constant change, and it seems many of my friends did as well. While I’m happy that 2013 is done and over, I will say that I will always be grateful for the change (sometimes forced upon us) that will transform our lives for the better.

One of my new year resolutions is to take time to finish unfinished business, and that starts right now with a post I promised weeks ago. Do you remember the glimpse I gave you of my Chanel painting? Here’s a better view.
chanel-front

My friend, artist Brian Tull, painted this for me. Brian and I go way back, and in fact he was the first person I ever hired off the street to work for me at the publishing company. His full name is Brian Lee Tull, and I affectionately call him BLT.

Brian has been painting professionally for many years and is now represented by Tinney Contemporary Gallery here in Nashville, TN. His preferred painting style is photorealism, although he has been known to create the occasional abstract piece. The scenes he creates are often from the 50s and are cropped in ways that create tension, leaving the viewer wondering what is just beyond the edges.

for-we-walk-by-faith For We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight | oil on panel | 60″ x 36″
1635_miles 1,635 Miles | oil and acrylic on panel | 40″ x 40″
we-talked-about-love We Talked About Love | oil on unprimed birch panel | 42″ x 25″

Aren’t his works amazing? I swear I could just reach out and dial that old rotary phone. I love his compositions and I’m a sucker for photorealism. It’s no wonder his paintings sell before he can even hang them in a gallery.

I have always wanted an original BLT, so when we signed on the dotted line to build this house, I asked him if he would consider doing a special painting for the new place. A majority of my career has been in advertising and I’ve always loved the iconic Chanel ads, especially the line of Warhol prints. I did a search and found the poster I remembered hanging in the ad agency where I worked years ago, tweaked the colors to my color palette, and handed it over to Brian.

I was so excited to see the progress that he sent me regular progress photos. He’s such a good friend!
chanel-stage-1
changel-stage-2 And here’s Brian, all smiles as usual.
brian-tull I have a pair of jeans that look just like that. Don’t we all?

I picked up my Chanel the week we moved into the new house and found the perfect place for it.
chanel-side

I just love the bright colors, the faceted bottle and the iconic brand of Chanel. And I’m so grateful that I have a piece of art from a close personal friend that means so much to me.

So do you guys have any cool art you love? Was it a gallery purchase, a thrifted find, or something you painted yourself? I’d love to hear your stories!

  • MAKE + MODEL

    His work is amazing. I want one!!!! I want all of them!

  • MAKE + MODEL

    ok just another comment, I just went to the gallery and almost all of his work is sold. Does he have another site?

  • GinaJulian

    You can visit his personal site at http://www.briantull.com, however all of the works there will be sold as well since it’s his personal portfolio. He is currently working on a piece featuring British model Talulah Blue, and I’m not sure if that piece is sold yet. He does accept commissions through the gallery, so feel free to get in touch with either Brian or Susan Tinney at the gallery and I know they’d be glad to help.