PORTSMOUTH – The striking acrylic paintings of New Hampshire Art Association artist Alan Shulman will be on display during the month of May at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery on State Street.
“I’ve always loved art, seeing it and doing it,” Shulman said. “I loved finger painting at age 2 and excelling at art projects in grade school.”
With his upbringing in New York and college years near Detroit and in Chicago, city life continues to have a major impact on what Shulman remembers from his youth and what he now paints.
“Cities are embedded in my consciousness,” he said. “With Manhattan an easy subway ride from our home, my parents took me through NYC art museums almost as soon as I could walk those galleries.”
Numerous summers in the countryside led to his love of plants and animals, and, invented or actual, they’ve become subjects of his paintings as well. Sights absorbed on travels to Europe, Mexico, and Japan also find their way into his work.
“My most enjoyable parts of architecture training were the life drawing classes,” Shulman said. “. . . the contour drawing, the 10-second action figure sketches, the model studies with different paint washes, and the caricatures I did of my fellow students when I finished an exercise ahead of time.”
Shulman now welcomes this new period in his life where 25 years as an architect and 23 as a special educator are mostly behind him, and he is now free to pursue his original artistic pursuits as much as he wants.
“My hope is always to prompt the viewer to probe the image, to ask questions,” Shulman said.
“Strong colors bring my visions to life; compositions that catch the eye through perspective distortion draw attention to the painting’s subject,” he added. “My work usually begins with observed reality, which I may change using memory, fantasy and dream.”
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Alan Shulman – NH Art Association Artist Exhibit
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, East Gallery
136 State Street, Portsmouth NH
When: May 1 through June 2
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.
Artwork: “Rhapsody in Blue”, an acrylic painting by Alan Shulman
“The Kibbutzim Dream of Mt. Sinai”, an acrylic painting by Alan Shulman