Traveling Down, Settling Through
Ursula Gullow

"The epic experience of everyday life is what I'm most interested in depicting through my paintings; how special is a moment that might go unnoticed; how bizarre and surreal some things are that we've adapted into our psyches as normal. My chosen subject matter tends to be animals, people, cities, landscapes, and mild social fiascos with nostalgic undertones. I am influenced by dreams for their nonlinear quality; shadows because they are definite but obscure; old photographs for history, and children for their wicked naivete. I like to paint decay and cheer simultaneously, narrate caution, and represent beauty. While the imagery of each painting may differ, the underlying sentiment is always the same."

The artist uses basic oil paints and lots of linseed oil for a smeary quality. She welcomes mistakes because "they generally invite me to take the painting into a new realm aesthetically."

The youngest of six kids, Gullow grew up on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. She received her Bachelor's degree in sociology from The State University of New York in 1994, and her Associate's degree in graphic design and illustration from Seattle Central Community College in 2001. Gullow's painting career began in 2002 in Seattle where she exhibited and sold her work at a variety of alternative and non-profit art spaces. She relocated to Asheville, North Carolina in the summer of 2003, and began showing her work on the regional and national level.

Local exhibitions of Gullow's work have appeared in the Wedge Gallery, Phil Mechanic Building and Asheville Area Arts Council.

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