David Trulli works primarily in scratchboard, scratching images into ink-coated, clay surfaces on wood panels that are often quite large by traditional standards. A former cinematographer, Trulli blends that experience with his admiration of the master wood-engravers of the 1930s to produce intricate pieces. He compares working in scratchboard to lighting a film set: "it starts out black and you add light."
According to Artweek critic Charlene Roth, "His black-and-white renderings show still moments, but these are a view of a gathering of energy before screams of panic. They are pictures of the instant when the uncanny intrudes upon the here and now." Trulli has been profiled in the L.A. Times and his work has appeared in publications such as Juxtapoz, Artweek, Fabrik, ArtScene, and others. In 2009 he was commissioned by Harley-Davidson to create his work on a motorcycle gas tank.
Courtesy of Foley Gallery
David Trulli Gallery Art
Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA