Ford Crull is an American neo-symbolist abstract artist. Crull was born in Boston, MA, but lived in Seattle until 1976, after which he moved to Los Angeles to embark on his professional career. While still an art student at the University of Washington, Ford won many prizes at local arts festivals, and was the youngest ever artist to be invited to show at the Northwest Art Annual. Through his work Crull is well acquainted with art critic and writer Edward Goldman, and host of KCRW’s “Art Talk.” Goldman championed the artist’s works, which were in turn acquired by numerous corporate art collections.
In 1983 Crull relocated to New York City, becoming a seminal figure in the East Village art scene. He was part of the very first showing of American artists in the USSR, Painting Beyond the Death of Painting. This coincided with the time Crull was influenced by the Philosophy of Dualism. Upon his return from Russia, Crull began using steel framing for his paintings, with the edges burned. It was an invention that came to him after seeing the ancient icons in Russia. The new works were titled, “Relic Series”.
Carter Ratcliff has written:
“Few contemporary painters are as willing as Crull to trust themselves, to put themselves at the mercy of their own intuitions. And mystery, in Crull’s art, is always manifold. Alone looks, meanings proliferate.”
In an interview on the artist’s work, noted art critic Eleanor Heartney stated: “The key to Crull’s vision is his simultaneous embrace of the uncertainties of the contemporary world and his affirmation of the reality of the individual consciousness within it. In his work, the authentic self remains the last bulwark against an anarchic world."