The artist known as Nall, will speak at Northeast Alabama Community College on Thursday, April 20, at 9:30 AM in the Music Auditorium of the Beck Health and Fine Arts Center. This event is co-sponsored by the Gorham’s Bluff Institute. It is a free event and open to the public. Nall will share his story of his success and speak about the varied techniques he uses in his creative works.
A Southern American artist with an international following, Nall has a unique style that has captivated the attention of the world. The gifted artist grew up in Troy, Alabama and began drawing arts and crafts at his family’s city park at just four years old. Nall received a degree in Art, Political Science and Psychology at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
In 1971, Nall was awarded top score entrance at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Surrounded by painters, musicians, and writers, he excelled among his contemporaries. At that point, he was mentored by Spanish Surrealist, Salvador Dali, who advised him to “Draw from life, draw, again and again…” He was also inspired by American psychedelic art, fauvism, impressionism and Japanese wash drawings but then returned to basic black and white drawing and on concentrating on building a solid artistic foundation on drawing skills.
Having exhibited his works all over the United States since 1971, Nall returned to his roots as artist in residence at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where students had the opportunity to apprentice in his on-campus studio and saw his retrospective at the “Sarah Moody Gallery. Nall’s “Jesus talks with the women of Jerusalem” was unveiled at the XII century Cathedral of Saint-Paul de Vence, France.
In 2000 Nall was the curator for “Alabama Art,” an exhibit of 13 Alabama Artists, with the aid of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Nall compiled the works and did the layout for the book titled “Alabama Art” published by Black Belt Press. This book won the Mary Ellen Lopresti ARLIS/Southeast Publishing Award for “Best Art Book” published that year in the Southeastern U.S.A. After serving two semesters as artist-in-residence at Troy University, Nall was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Troy University, Alabama. In July, 2000 Nall created an illustration for the 51st Monaco Red Cross Ball per the request of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco.
His 3 porcelain patterns “Tuscia’s Roses”, “Mediterranean Gold”, and “Sunrise Mosaic” produced by R. Havilland & C. Parlon of Limoges, France have been exhibited at international porcelain fairs at the Caroussel du Louvre in Paris, in Stuttgart, Germany, in the “Chateau do Bagatelle” in Neully, at “Podium” boutique in Moscow, and in New York’s “Arts and Crafts Museum” together with his Murano Glassware in a group show “Murano Memories.” The Tunisian Porcelain Company has produced for the Puccini Festival Fondazione’s “La Rondine” opera a tea service including a coffee mug and square plate”. Monaco Porcelain Makers have produced for the Monaco Women’s Lions Club a limited-edition Artist collection of two “Vides Poches”, represented by his signature tulip and pansy.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has purchased Nall’s work for a permanent exhibit. His entire collection of line engravings has been acquired by the Beaux Arts Museum of Nice for their permanent collection, which has a collection of Goya & Durer etchings. His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco commissioned Nall to create for the “Grimaldi Forum” in Monaco two flower mosaics in “L’Opio” “Sunrise” and “Sunset.” These monumental works measure 5m. x 5m. and have become the official postage stamp for Monaco in December, 2005. Nall’s sculpture the Monumental “Peace Frame” now overlooks Monaco Harbor much as the Christ sculpture overlooks Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 2006 Nall was invited to collaborate with the urban Miami Dade College campus due to its rich diversity of students, and the A-Z messages of his work, touching contemporary topics.
As Artist-in-Residence of the New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade college during December 06 and January 07, he worked with selected art students, sharing his unique drawing techniques, print making and mixed media, along with methodology to assist young artists in reaching their artistic aspiration.
Other highlights of Nall’s work in 2007 in addition to the success of “La Rondine” include his being named Alabama’s Distinguished Artist of the Year by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and having another edition of his “Peace Frame” installed in Pietrasanta, Italy, on a square directly between artwork of the sculptor Botero and the square named for Michelangelo Buonarroti. The “Peace Frame” installation also signified the beginning of an artist’s exchange between the City of Pietrasanta and the Tuscan region and the state of Alabama.
Nall has worked extensively with the RSA (Retirement Systems of Alabama) at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, the renovated Battle House Hotel in Mobile, Ross Bridge Hotel in Birmingham, Shoals Creek Hotel in Muscle Shoals, and other RSA properties for which he has selected “Alabama Art” to extend to tourism the wonderfully rich artistic wealth, exhibited by artwork by himself and many other Artist Icons of Alabama origins.
Living in his home state of Alabama, in 2005 he completed building his studio in Fairhope, Alabama.
If you would like more information about this event, please contact Susan Webb at 256-638-4418 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional college information go to www.nacc.edu or download our free App from the App Store or Google Play Store.