Al Gury is a Full Professor of Painting, Drawing and Art Education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
An artist, educator and author, Al received his BA in Fine Arts and Humanities from Saint Louis University, a four-year Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and an MFA from the University of Delaware.
He is a recipient of the Cresson Traveling Fellowship and numerous grants and awards for painting and arts education, and was designated a master teacher by both The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and American Artist Magazine.
A painter of the figure, landscapes, still lifes and portraits, his paintings have been exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Capitol in Washington D.C., Washington and Lee University, the University of Pennsylvania, and galleries across the country.
Al is a contributing editor for Per Contra, an international journal of art, literature and ideas. He has written numerous articles on art and art history for books and periodicals in the U.S., U.K. and Europe, and is the author of three books on painting and drawing. He is also a guest lecturer at the Barnes Foundation and at other museums and art institutions.
Since 1972 Al has resided in Philadelphia, where he works to promote the arts and is a long-time volunteer and contributor to PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.
You can buy Al Gury's books here.
“Exploring the creative possibilities of color and design, while remaining true to the observation of nature is the focus of these new works.
Interpreting color for its expressive possibilities is a source of joy for me as well as providing opportunities for the analysis and interaction of pure colors and the formal qualities of shape, value and brushwork.
The shapes of objects in nature, and how they can be orchestrated in a poetic manner in dynamic compositions, is a great pleasure for me.
– Al Gury