The Works of Orville Bulman at Surovek Gallery

Orville Bulman 1904-1978

After his first solo show, at the age of 46, Orville Bulman said, “I can’t believe I’m actually to have a show. I’m almost embarrassed.”

Orville Bulman
Giraffe Emballe, 1967
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Signed:  Bulman (l.r.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Bulman certainly had nothing to be embarrassed about; he put his desire to be an artist on the back burner in order to run the family business, and take care of the family, for many years before he was able to work on his art full time.

It was a neck injury, in 1946, that forced him to slow down as the head of the business, move to Palm Beach, and begin painting in earnest.

Orville Bulman
Chapeau Fastueux, 1959
Oil on canvas
18 x 20 inches
Signed: Bulman (l.l.)
For sale at the Surovek Gallery

He saw a postcard of Haiti, traveled there, and became entranced with the people, the art and architecture of the island.

A self-taught artist, Bulman was very generous to other artists. He donated works…his own and other artist’s…to museums and galleries.

His paintings were in the private collections of Robert F. Kennedy, President Gerald Ford and the Duchess of Windsor as well as Hollywood actors Henry Fonda, Greer Garson and Raymond Burr.

Raymond Burr Galleries
456 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California

Raymond Burr was an avid collector of Bulman’s works and showed them at the gallery he owned in Beverly Hills. (Every episode of Perry Mason featured wonderful paintings and sculptures.) In 1961, Raymond Burr wrote, “Bulman’s Island – An island of humor and color, laughter and love.”

Orville Bulman
Untitled Landscape
Oil on Canvas
16 x 30 inches
Signed: (l.l.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

There is a sense of joyfulness and serenity in Bulman’s works. During his career, he had dozens of solo exhibits and sold over 2,000 paintings. His work was featured in Newsweek and Life magazines.

Orville Bulman
Le Jazz Horn and Le Jazz Hot, c 1963
8 x 10 inches
Both framed, sold as a pair
For sale at Surovek Gallery

In 1955, art critic Eleanor Jewett of the Chicago Tribune wrote, “The perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of our day is found in the delightful paintings of Orville Bulman…he is a born artist…and a disciplined genius…the delicious mischief, minus malice, runs through them like a scarlet thread, fascinating the spectator and robbing the art of not a whit of its dignity. The foibles of humanity tossed into our laps by this artist are invitations to friendships.”

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Orville Bulman available at Surovek Gallery.

Deborah C. Pollack. Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy. Blue Heron Press, 2006.
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