Working in an interdisciplinary method, Tulis creates visual experiences ranging from the fine art object & elements engaged with architecture, to band posters and fan paraphernalia, selfi portraits and performance video, exploring a range of millennial values.
Tulis views work as a craft by which to explore a personal mythology, making a platform for the viewer’s memory and emotions. Central to this working process are drawings. In these, material facts are documented by noting the drama that arises from an interaction with the subject – they are the sensual records of a pursuit of the ideal. These gestures of setting aside and putting together are intuitive; yet also subtly question historiography, the conventional museum structure and the dogmas of the academy.
By restating forms and borrowing from age-old vocabularies, Tulis fits their work within a fluctuating set of self-prescribed limitations and ideals. So Tulis builds an outward manifestation of an inner world. This intimate sphere is peopled with, often autobiographical, exoskeleton beings. Insects, with their highly [emotionally] sensitive, elegant, yet fragile anatomy are on one end of the spectrum, while the other side is manifested in a fascination with armor and its highly designed and protective qualities. This cast of characters wanders through doorways to Venetian rooms and dream spaces as they experience betrayals, ecstasies, desire, worship: they are sensual companions of the minds fancy.
These creatures seek to escape the cognitive dissonance the artist, and the collective conscious, confront in the transience of our age. Engaging directly with objects minimizes the input of the endless digitization of our surroundings. Tulis’ mark makings in ink and clay strive to transcend the digital mass production, explaining their analytical postures.
Tulis is a child of the ‘90s, born in the Bible belt of Tennessee. Tulis began sculptural studies at a young age, going on to study the figure and design at a New York atelier, with a focus on historically based techniques and concepts. These academic studies of the live model left the artist looking for a more formal yet uninhibited visual language, leading to a study of objects in museums and spaces across Europe the develop a unique visual documentation system.
Struggling with a desire for the local in a globalized world, Tulis' time is divided between a NYC studio and rural Netherlands.
T U L I S C V
• Exhibition in & Curation - “You Muse You Loose” group show at Paul Calindrillo Gallery, Chelsea
• Visual Creative Director - Kitten the Band - since 2017- Over-all graphic designer, EP cover designs, tour visuals, photographer & content creator
• Director - Kitten’s music videos “Pink Champagne” & “Strange Embrace”
Artist Residency - Werk aan Het Spoel, The Netherlands
Teacher - Teaching Studios of Art - since 2016
Award - The Standford White Award for a Sculptural Schema for the interior and exterior of a House, Millbrook
Director - Kitten’s Music video “I Did It”
• Group Show – Paul Calendrillo Gallery “Diminutives” – NYC
• Group Show – Eleventh St. Arts “Art of Architecture”– NYC
Group Show – Williams Fine Art Dealers, MA “Not Just Black & White: Works on Paper”
• Study – Scholarship Student at Manhattan Graphics Center, Intaglio
• Study – Metropolitan Museum Copy Program, Study of a Bernini
• Group Show – “2nd New York International Miniature Print Exhibition” Manhattan Graphics Center
• Work Published – “A House in the Country”, Abrams Books
• Solo Exhibition – “Dutch Soldier” - Kattenstraat, Culemborg, NL
Curation – “Love Among the Ruines” – Exhibition with David Troncoso, Victor Chong - NYC
• Artist Residency, Teaching, Open studio & Solo Show – Werk aan het Spoel, NL
• Publication – Photo Book “Dutch Soldier” by Huub Claessens
• Commission – Design & execution of sculptural reliefs for Peter Pennoyer Architects – Interior Relief Tondi for Ludlow House
• Commission – Design & execution of floral relief walls for Katie Ridder in the Richard and Debbi Born Apartment - 5th Av, NYC
• Commission – Soldier Drawing for The C.S Lewis Institute of Northeast Ohio
• Commission – Letterpress Triptych of Three Maries for a private collection, TN
• Group Show – Eleventh St. Art Gallery – “Drawings of Anthony Bause, with Colleen Barry, Will St. John, Victor Chong & Abigail Tulis” NYC
Group Show – Salmagundi Club - C.S. Lewis Institute Exhibition, Junior Scholarship Exhibition, New Members Exhibition - NYC
• Study – Master Copy Class at the Metropolitan Museum NYC
• Commission – Design & execution of Sculpture relief for Peter Pennoyer Architects - Exterior reliefs for Milbrook House, NY
• Study – Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Beaux-Arts Atelier, NYC
• Award– Grand Central Academy Sculpture Competition
• Study – The Grand Central Academy of Art, Student of Jiwoong Cheh ’10-‘14 NYC
• Fellowship - Landscape painting with the Hudson River Fellowship - NH
Work – Studio Assistant to Jiwoong Cheh - NYC
Work - Assistant to Carole Feuerman
Work & Study – Apprentice and student to sculptor Cessna Decosimo ’07-’11 - TN