Billy Sullivan: Flowers & Birds features nine still-life paintings and drawings, most of which were completed within the past year — a time of profound upheaval that has nevertheless seemed intractably stilled, indefinitely paused. Billy Sullivan has described his work as “basically a diary of my life,” and these recent works, predominantly floral, are marked by brief moments of focus and oblique clues. One outlier, Bob’s Vase cites Madoo itself, presenting a mysterious object from Robert Dash’s collection. The antique-looking, bulging glass vessel with verdigris brass handles somehow manages to hold its own against the scrawled red walls of the summer house living room.
Billy Sullivan has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1971. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Parrish Art Museum, Guild Hall of East Hampton, as well as many other collections, both public and private. He lives and works in New York City and East Hampton.The Madoo Conservancy, New YorkThe Madoo Conservancy, New YorkThe Madoo Conservancy, New York