Ursula Gullow is a visual artist living in Asheville, NC. Her paintings and collaborative projects are examinations of self portraiture, crowds, public spaces, and the shifting periphery between personal and performative.
Gullow's background in social theory informs her artistic investigation into cultural dynamics, historical events, and the visual gestalt of large assemblies of people. Her paintings are created in multiple layers, and her installations reveal sub-surfaces that insinuate repressed histories and psycho-social tiers of individuals, landscapes, and cultures.
Gullow grew up on a dairy farm in Delaware County, NY. She received a BA in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY (1994), and has been exhibiting her paintings nationally since 2001. Gullow was an artist-in-residence at Gil-Society in Akureyri, Iceland (2005,) at Artspace in Raleigh, NC (2017,) and Jentel Arts Organization in Banner, WY (2019.) She is a recipient of the North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant (2009) and Penland School of Craft's Williams and Womble Scholarship (2014). Gullow's paintings are currently exhibited at Haen Gallery in Asheville, NC, and she is an art instructor at A-B Technical Community College in Asheville, NC.
For more information about Ursula Gullow's studio practice and projects please visit her blog.
"Her most recent series of work showcases her talent for combining the abstract and the representational - accessibility with visual intrigue." Joanne O'Sullivan, BoldLife Magazine
"The images are emotionally arresting, flecked by joy but shadowed by something decidedly uneasy." Melanie Bianchi, Verve Magazine
"Every brushstroke crescendos with energy. Her color choices are vibrant, her narratives open-ended." Connie Bostic, Mountain Xpress
"The finest of her work is simultaneously folksy, epic and quietly revolutionary." Douglas Vuncannon, Indyweek.com
Ursula Gullow's paintings can be viewed and purchased at The Haen Gallery in Asheville, NC.