Alan Petrulis was born in Queens, New York in 1954. He came late to the Arts, first studying cultural-ecology at Queens College but graduating with a degree in art. In 1979 he earned a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Baltimore’s Maryland Institute of Art. Since then he has continually worked as an artist, though sometimes switching emphasis between his etching, painting, and photography. He has also held positions in management including the directorship of Soho’s First Street Gallery in the mid 1980’s. Petrulis was accepted into The Society of American Graphic Artists in 1999, and has also worked closely with the New York Society of Etchers for many years. Petrulis’ commitment to his work has led to a number of solo exhibitions in a variety of mediums plus inclusion in numerous group exhibitions in galleries and museums both here and abroad. He has received a number of awards, most notably the Cannon and Ralph Fabri prizes from the National Academy of Design. His work can be found in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The New York Historical Society, The Museum of the City of New York, The New York Transit Museum, the Boston Athenaeum, and the Cahoon Museum on Cape Cod plus important private and corporate collections.
The landscape has been the most common motif occupying the interest of the artist for the past thirty years. His works are derived from the photographs taken during his walks in the literal and figurative footsteps of notable landscape artists through New York City, the Hudson Valley, and up along the coast of New England. From this slow and deliberate process of traversing thousands of miles by foot, he has learned to address the landscape as one would a person, becoming aware of its moods and disposition. He is well aware of the dangers that are manifest in the sentimental and cliché, which are often attached to subjects he chooses to work from, but even when representing the familiar he approaches it in a fresh way. His work is not created to be an idealized view nor serve as documentation for Petrulis goes beyond mere observation and the picturesque offering scenes that capture a true sense of place. He does not begin with any preconceived notions nor does he follow a particular tradition, but instead draws his inspiration from a more intuitive source. Petrulis believes it is the role of the artist to wake up those elements asleep within us, to generate a true transformation that will allow us to see past the illusions of everyday life. He believes this process must first start with the heart.
This is the only known photograph of Alan Petrulis.
Alan Petrulis may be contacted at: email@example.com
Photographs are not available for sale at this time but all etchings may be purchased through:
Etchings of local scenes may also be found at the following galleries:
Jessie Edwards Studio
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