John Hull

Painter John Hull, Part 1

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John Hull is a narrative painter, whose work depicts the everyday moments of american life. This is part one of a multi-part conversation. John joins Antrese to discuss his early beginning as a sports reporter and his transition to painter and teacher. John talks about creating paintings and relinquishing control to the viewer. He also shares why patience and observation are key to strong work, and gives insights on his creative process.

Show Highlights:

  • Why John changed from storytelling with words to uses images
  • How a trip to Venice and a drawing course impacted his journey on becoming a painter
  • Why painting is a calling, not a profession
  • What 3 characteristics artists have in common
  • John explains why patience, observation and his initial reaction is critical to creating a strong painting
  • What in John’s view defines  narrative painting
  • How his son’s career choice was a catalyst for new work
  • Following your heart

Other Artists Mentioned:

Rembrandt: Joseph Accused by Potiphar's Wife, 1655
Rembrandt: Joseph Accused by Potiphar’s Wife,


Other Links:

Simone Weil, “Waiting for God



See more of John’s work at

Historic Ash Park - John Hull on Savvy Painter
Historic Ash Park
Where the Sidewalk Ends - John Hull on Savvy Painter
Where the Sidewalk Ends

MATT, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12

Sketches from the Wrestler Series:

Amarillo Saturday Night- John Hull on Savvy Painter
Amarillo Saturday Night

John Hull on Savvy Painter

Rear Choke- John Hull on Savvy Painter
Rear Choke
Eli Demonstrates- John Hull on Savvy Painter
Eli Demonstrates
John Hull and his son Isaac
John Hull and his son Isaac

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  • Fan of John. Was a past student of John’s and he referred me to the Chautauqua School of Fine Art. Best years of my life were as John’s student, and I have to say seeing any Rembrant work is also a highlight of my life as well.

    • That is so cool to hear, Kendall! He’s one of my favorite interviews as well! Brilliant thinker and painter! Glad you enjoyed the episode!

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