Scenes from The Dapper French Man
Maurice Sullins was an airplane waxer in Joliet, Illinois, who began to paint at sixty. Legend has it a dream about a water fountain in France first compelled him to paint. Entirely self-taught, armed with an insatiable appetite for reading and a vivid imagination, he became a true master of his craft with a total command of color, composition and technique. Over the course of a short career spanning fifteen years (1970-1985), Sullins produced some 1,200 paintings, most of which have never been seen before.
This chronological overview of paintings below provides an introduction to a selection of series Maurice Sullins worked on and offers a glimpse into his remarkable range of style, textural diversity and subjects.