Bill Sullivan

Sullivan attended Silvermine College and earned an M.F.A. from The University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Fairfield Porter, Neil Welliver, Jane Freilicher, John Button and Rudy Burckhardt. He also studied privately with Josef and Annie Albers.


In the late 1960s, Sullivan joined Bowery Gallery, an artist-run gallery that was dedicatedto figurative art. Later, when the Alliance of Figurative Artists was starting, Sullivan organized weekly panels and discussions at The Educational Alliance.

Sullivan's first solo show at Bowery Gallery in 1970 included paintings depicting people, New York cityscapes and still lifes. After this show, Sullivan developed an interest in landscape painting. New York City, the Hudson River and Manhattan's West Side highway became his main subjects. He had several shows of these paintings at Bowery Gallery and continued to paint the Hudson River until the end of his life. At one of these shows he met art collector G. W. Einstein, who became his friend and represented him for many years. Sullivan had his first solo show at G. W. Einstein Company in 1978.


In 1977, Sullivan met Colombian writer Jaime Manrique; they traveled to Colombia, where Bill painted the places that Frederick Edwin Church and Martin Johnson Heade had painted in the 1850s. In Colombia he had a solo show in the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art in 1978. The years following his return from South America was the period when Sullivan's work was most in display in New York City. Sullivan remained in New York City until 2001 where he had several solo shows. In 2002, he settled in Hudson, New York, where his two nineteenth-century heroes, Frederick Church and Sanford Robinson Gifford, had lived. He painted many of the sites Church and Gifford rendered on canvas.

Photo of Bill Sullivan

South America


Seascapes


USA & Hudson River Landscapes


Cityscape


Figurative


Landscape


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2009
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2008
BCB Gallery, Hudson, NY
2007
BCB Gallery, Hudson, NY
2006
The Autobiography of Bill Sullivan: A Landscape Retrospective, The Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY
2005
Roxbury Art Group, Roxbury, NY
Hudson River Views, Bonnie Andretta Fine Arts, Hudson, NY
2004
Indelible, Gallery 2/20, New York, NY
Workshop Exhibition, Dannette Koke Fine Art, New York, NY
2003
The Gallery at The St. Charles, Hudson, NY
Paintings of South America, Hudson, NY
Painted City, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
Juried Art Show, Columbian Council on the Arts, Hudson, NY
Made In Hudson, Artwalk, Hudson, NY
2002
Musselman Gallery, Hudson, NY
2001
HHA Gallery, Riverdale, NY
The Landscape That Changed America, The Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY
1999
Silas-Kenyon Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Greenwoods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
1998
Suitcase Will Travel, Conductor’s Gallery, London, UK
1997
House/Scene, Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany
Selected Prints, Atrium Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Contemporary Selections, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY
1996
Uptown Gallery, New York, NY
Eight Realists: Realism Then and Now, K & E Gallery, New York, NY
Recent Acquisitions, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY
Pencilvanians Drawn to New York, Pennsylvania Alumni Exhibition, Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY
New Acquisitions, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
1995
Five Aspects of American Landscape Painting, Creiger Dane Gallery, Boston, MA
New York City Views, Owen Gallery, New York, NY
Increased Visibility, Leslie-Lohman Gallery, New York, NY
American Realism, Gallery Bijutsu Sekai, Tokyo, Japan
Group Show, G.W. Einstein Co., New York, NY
1994
25th Anniversary Exhibition, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY
Pride in Our Diversity, 24 Hours for Life Gallery, New York, NY
Paint Props and Process, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
1993
Celebration, G.W. Einstein Co, Inc., New York, NY
Far Away Places Artists Who Travel, SSC&B Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY
Group Show, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY
Art & Fantasy, Amos Eno Gallery and The Puck Building, New York, NY
Organization of Independent Artists Benefit, Brook Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
19th & 20th Century Works of Art, Friends of OLANA Benefit, Hudson, NY
1992
New York Icons, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY
Shanti Foundation Benefit Exhibition, Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Contemporary American Landscape, World Art Collection in conjunction with Quatre Pieces Gallery, Yokohoma, Japan
The Scarf, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY
1991
Urban Icons, Klarfeld Perry Gallery, New York, NY
City Edge of Night, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA
Spirit of Place Dada Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
Group Show, Tatistchieff, Santa Monica, CA
Group Show, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY
American Images, Crane Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; World Art Collection, Yokohama, Japan; Daimon Art Gallery, Sapparo, Japan; Beersheba Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1990
Susan Schreiber Gallery, New York, NY
Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Plein Air Painting: Capturing the Moment, Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Land/Sea/Air, Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Penn Prints: 30 Years of Printmaking at the University of Pennsylvania, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
A Little Night Music: Manhattan in the Dark, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY
Gallery Group Show, Susan Schreiber Gallery, New York, NY
Painting California: Five New York Artists Look at Los Angeles, Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1989
G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY
Food Show, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, NY
June Moon: Lunar Reflections by Contemporary Artists, GW Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY
Neo Romantics, Lafayette College, The Gallery, Williams Center for the Arts, Easton, PA
Romance is Back, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY
Social Studies, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY
1988
New York Inspired: Past and Present”, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY “Contemporary Art at the Bayly”, Bayly Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA
The Face of the Land, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA
The Nude, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY
Waterworks, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY
1987
The World is Round: Artist and Expansive Vision, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Parish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; Arts and Science Center, Nashua, NH; College Art Gallery, S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz, NY; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
One of a Kind, Lintas Worldwide, New York, NY
Lush Landscapes, Attitude Art, New York, NY
1986
Schreiber/Cutler, Inc., New York, NY
G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY
Self-Portraits, G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY
Night Landscapes, Schreiber/Cutler, Inc., New York, NY
Contemporary Romantic Landscape Painting, Lockhaven Art Center, Orlando, FL
Red White, and Blue, Schreiber/Cutler, Inc., New York, NY
The Art of Business, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
The Spirit of Liberty, Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH
The Statue of Liberty: Contemporary Graphic Views, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY; Silvermine Gallery, Norwalk, CT
View Across America, Pfizer Corporation, New York, NY
Art for Collectors, Lockhaven Art Center, Orlando, FL
1985
New York Prints, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY
Contemporary Still Life, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY
American Art Now!, Columbus Museum of Arts and Science, Columbus, GA
Contemporary Painters of the Hudson River, Albany, NY; Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY; Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY; The Arsenal, New York, NY
Prints from the Lower East Side Printshop, Department of Cultural Affairs Gallery, New York, NY
1984
David Findlay Jr., New York, NY
Gifts to the Museum, Reading Museum, Reading, PA
New Vistas: Contemporary American Landscapes, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Tucson Museum of Fine Arts, Tucson, AZ
Bowery on the Bowery Invitational, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY
Sunset 1984, David Findlay Jr., Inc., New York, NY
Eight Years Later, Artists’ Choice Museum, New York, NY
New Landscapes, Rahr-West Museum, Mantowac, WI; Frumkin Strobie Gallery, Chicago, IL
1983
Painted Light, Artist’s Choice, Queens Museum, New York, NY; Butler Institute, Youngstown, OH
The New Landscape, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY
In Honor of the Brooklyn Bridge, David Findlay Jr., New York, NY
1982
Contemporary Realism, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY
1981
Ruth Siegel Ltd., New York, NY
Escapes, Art Latitude Gallery, New York, NY
1980
G.W. Einstein Company, Inc., New York, NY
Salon des Independents, New York Critics’ Choice, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1979
Galeria Condor, Barranquilla, Colombia
Galeria Finale, Medellin, Colombia
16 Realistas, Centro Colombo-Americano, Bogota, Colombia
Bienal Americana de Artes Graficas, Museo de Artes Graficas, Maracaibo, Venezuela
1978
G.W. Einstein Company, New York, NY
Capricorn Gallery, Washington, DC
Museo de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Grabados Internacionales, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia
Three Realists, Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; Habatat Gallery, Dearborn, MI; Jessie Besser Museum, Alpina, MI
Artists’ Choice: Figurative Art in New York, Soho Center for the Visual Arts, New York, NY
New Images: Figuration in American Painting, Queens Museum, New York, NY
1976
Bowery Gallery, New York, NY
1975
Webber Gallery, Portland, ME
Selections from the Bowery Gallery, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ
1974
Bowery Gallery, New York, NY
1973
The Representational Spirit, New York State University, Albany, NY
1972
Bowery Gallery, New York, NY
1971
Annual Purchase Exhibition”, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Public Collections
Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia
Museo de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, PA
Literature
2006
Manrique, Jaime. The Autobiography of Bill Sullivan. Hudson, NY: The Groundwater Press, 2006

Biographical References:

Who,s Who in America
Who’s Who in American Art
The Printworld Directory of Contemporary Prints

Public and Corporate Collections:
Albany Institute of History and Art
Cleveland Museum of Art
Hudson River Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia
Museo de Artes Graficas, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Museo de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Museum of the City of New York
New York Public Library
Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery

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American Telephone and Telegraph Company
Bank of Bermuda