07/30/2013 07:53 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Featured Fifty Fine Arts: 'Somewhere Gone'

Courtesy of David Trulli

David Trulli works primarily in scratchboard, scratching images into ink-coated, clay-surfaced wood panels that are often quite large by traditional standards. A former cinematographer, Trulli blends that experience with his admiration of master wood-engravers of the 1930s to produce intricate pieces. He compares working in scratchboard to lighting a film set: "It starts out black and you add light." David was born in New York, currently resides in Los Angeles and has a studio in Hollywood. His work has been shown in LA, NY, London, Miami and many other cities. He is represented by the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, CA and the Foley Gallery in New York, NY.

Regarding the work "Somewhere Gone": When the world gets too complex, we try to disguise it to fit some past era, some simpler time. We build modern shopping malls filled with multinational retailers, but make them look like the main street of some small town of long ago. We ride gondolas in Venice canals... built inside a Vegas casino. I have no doubt that as this world of ours becomes more complicated and difficult to exist in, we will continue to create even greater simulations, comfortable settings to ease our minds. Or perhaps the simulation will become the new reality and the process will begin again.


"Somewhere Gone" Ink, clay and varnish on Masonite. 36"x48"

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