Take a look at this new painting (above) by Brian Tull, “XOXO.” Do those red lips look familiar? Yes, that’s right, they belong to the same woman as the one featured in Tull’s 2012 piece (below), “We Walk by Faith Not by Sight.” Who is this mystery muse? Her name is Talulah Blue – a popular British burlesque dancer.
So how did British Blue and Nashville-based Tull get connected? Blue explains on her blog that the first painting was a result of a social media post. After seeing photos of Blue from a 2011 photo shoot with Grace Elkin, Tull got in touch with Blue about painting the images. Two years later, Tull has completed a second painting of Blue this time from photographs taken by Paul Needham. This vintage-inspired piece will be featured as part of the upcoming photorealism show, The New Real 2: Figure-Focused, curated by Tinney Contemporary Gallery Director, Sarah Wilson. Read below for additional details about the exhibition.
Brian Tull’s pieces will be featured in the upcoming exhibition, The New Real 2: Figure-Focused, at Tinney Contemporary along with works by Eric Zener, Yigal Ozeri, Ali Cavanaugh, and Kevin Peterson. The show will run from August 2nd through September 13th with an opening reception on August 2nd from 6 – 9 pm and a closing reception on September 6th from 6 – 9 pm.