Ford Crull

Born 1952
Hometown Seattle, WA
Lives and Works New York, NY
B.F.A. Painting, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1976

Boise Art Museum, ID

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

The High Museum, Atlanta, GA

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis TN

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.

Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

New York based artist Ford Crull explores the expressive power of personal and cultural symbols in a series of densely painted and vividly colored compositions. Crull uses identifiable images such as hearts, wings, crosses, and the human figure, as well as geometrical emblems and abstract forms whose meanings are less explicit. Words, in the form of cryptic, fleeting phrases, also animate Crull’s pictorial world. Crull employs a myriad of symbols, which variously imply a sexual unfolding, romantic suffering, occult wisdom, and transcendental release. These symbols coexist in a psychic atmosphere in which they overlap, dissolve, and reappear with a kind of furious insistence. There is a strong diaristic element in Crull’s work, with each canvas serving as a kind of painterly journal containing reflections and reveries. As meditations on emotional chaos, they enter into a world of competing impulses and simultaneous transmissions, seeking a resolution that is both cathartic and mysterious.

Crull’s paintings have been included in major exhibitions, including the 1989 Moscow exhibition, “Painting After the Death of Painting,” curated by Donald Kuspit. Other more recent solo exhibitions of his work include Carter Burden Gallery, New York, Abmeyer Wood Gallery, Seattle, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, Bund1919, Shanghai, China, and Arte 92, Milan, Italy, among others. 

Courtesy of the Artist

Works Available for Purchase


a treasure trove of fine art from the world's most renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. We offer exclusive works you can't find anywhere else.


through exclusive content featuring art news, collecting guides, and interviews with artists, dealers, collectors, curators and influencers.


authentic artworks from across the globe. Collecting with us means you're helping to sustain creative culture and supporting organizations that are making the world a better place.


with our art advisors for buying advice or to help you find the art that's perfect for you. We have the resources to find works that suit your needs.


Artspace offers you authentic, exclusive works from world-renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Collecting with us helps support creative culture while bringing you art news, interviews and access to global art resources.