For over 25 years Randy Shull has been working at the intersection of architecture, landscape design, furniture design and painting. Randy’s colorful and highly textured paintings reveal countless layers of paint and an interest in the archaeology of the process of painting. His furniture bridges the gap between art and design by combining painting and furniture in one composition. A number of these signature pieces are in important collections throughout the Unites States. In 2014, his work was the subject of a museum exhibition at the Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC entitled Out of Line, a body of work that “expresses a culmination of experiences that is explicitly American. Building upon a visual language of iconic forms from the continental USA, President Obama, bricks and Barbie dolls, Shull presents us with opportunities to traverse , dive and meander across specific ideals and political associations from freedom , democracy and even beauty” states Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director of the Spartanburg Art Museum.
Shull’s design work focuses on the renovation of mid-century modern homes with a keen sensibility toward the perfection of not only the details but the space itself. Working as a young man beside his father, a master carpenter in the Midwest, he learned the essential skills of design and building as well as a strong work ethic. This experience at an early age was pivotal in the artist’s sensitivity to space and knowledge of complex construction. Shull has designed and renovated several mid-century modern houses in the United States and Mexico always with an eye towards the cleanest and most honest use of materials and a coherent sense of the relationship between indoors and out.
In 2014, Shull was chosen to redesign Black Mountain College + Arts Center in downtown Asheville, NC. He was chosen for the year long project not only for his vision, creativity and multiple skills but because it was in keeping with the spirit of Black Mountain College, the experimental art school in Black Mountain, NC from 1933- 1957 that saw major creative talents teach or study there such as Josef and Annie Albers, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller and Willem de Kooning, to name only a few. Art students and faculty were known to have designed and built several structures on the campus, so it seemed fitting to choose an artist to design the museum that honors its legacy. "He has a particular appreciation for the art and architectural work and philosophies of the Bauhaus masters who taught at BMC, their use of available materials and their blurring of the lines between art, architecture, furniture design and traditional notions of craft.” states BMCM +AC board chairman Dr. Richard Gruber.
Shull received his BFA in Furniture Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1986. He was awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in 1994, a NEA Southern Arts Federation grant in 1995 and a residency at Penland School of Crafts and a master residency at Oregon School of Arts & Crafts. His work is included in a number of national museum collections including The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The High Museum, Atlanta; The Renwick Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; The Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC; Racine Museum of Art, Racine, WI; The Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh, NC; Museum of Art and Design, New York, Black Mountain College Museum; The Asheville Art Museum, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art; The Mobile museum of Art, and numerous corporate collections including Fidelity, Wells Fargo, Piedmont Natural Gas and others.
In 2008 and 2009 Randy's work was the subject of a twenty-year retrospective entitled Crossing Boundries. Exhibition venues included the Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh, NC, San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design, The Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, WA and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA.
Janet Koplos curated, Channeling the USA in 2012 which opened at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC and traveled to Virginia Wesleyan University in Norfolk, VA. Catalogs accompanied all of the museum exhibitions.
Shull co-founded Pink Dog Creative, a former textile warehouse that is now a vital mixed-use artist’s studio complex in Asheville, NC.
He maintains a large warehouse studio in Asheville, NC and a mid century modern live/work space in Merida, Mexico. Shull and his partner, Hedy Fischer, are collectors of contemporary art, evident in the exhibition Limited Visibility, featuring works from their collection, exhibited at the CAM Raleigh in 2014-2015. Shull serves on the collections committee at The North Carolina Museum of Art.