Though this looks like a simple still life of a vase of flowers, note the use of negative space, the absence of line and color that produce the illusion of the glass vase. Also the inverted reflection of the table surface and wallpaper background that adds to the visual interest. Constrast this simplicity with the detailed rendering of the flower blooms. These subtile details reveal the talent of Bill Sullivan as a printmaker working at the height of his abillity.
Bill Sullivan is a painter who “stretches the limits.” In describing his style, he quotes a passage from a prose poem
We are trying with mortal hands to paint a landscape
Which would be a faithful reproduction of the exquisite and terrible scene which stretches around us
” The Recital” by John Asherey:
“There’s stuff out there that talks to me,” says Sullivan, someone who very definitely gets “out there” and someone who, to judge from the look of his work, knows what the talk is all about.
Sullivan is one of a modern breed of artists whose work talks to us as well. Sullivan’s statements are personal, aesthetic, issue-oriented, and environmental. These beautiful prints show that he is making them with a sense of style and purpose.