Local Artist to Open Exhibit at NEMCC

October 10, 2017

Self-taught artist Tony Bullard of Corinth will display some of his work in Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Anderson Hall Art Gallery October 11 through November 14.

Bullard said he’d been involved in drawing all his life.  During his high school years, he’d often practice drawing after school usually five to seven hours a day.  It was during these years that he developed the style he uses to this day.

 Bullard attended Northeast Mississippi Community College from 1985-87, majoring in art and taking classes under Marty McClendon, Terry Anderson and Judy Tucci.

Although Bulldard has done a wide variety of art, his main focus is vintage local historical scenes from the 1940’s through 1960s era. He also enjoys painting country scenes, Civil War and railroad art.

Since 1990 Bulldard has held public art exhibits and participated in craft festivals mostly in the mid-south.

In 2007 actress Suzanna Leigh, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in Paramount Pictures 1966 musical comedy Paradise, Hawaiian Style, invited Bullard to set up his art at her three-day event in Memphis, Tennessee called “A Night Of A Thousand Stars.”

In December 2008 Bullard released a coloring book series entitled: “Historic Corinth Coloring Book.” This book is an overview of Corinth’s history from the Civil War to the present.   In the fall of 2013, he released a children’s storybook called “Bedtime Pals”.

For over 11 years, Bullard has been involved with the LINK program which brings art to local schools.  Once a year, he does one hour workshops with elementary school students on drawing  and coloring techniques.

On April 6, 2012 Tony unveiled a Civil War oil painting at the Cherry Mansion in Savannah, Tennessee entitled “General Grant At The Cherry Mansion.” This was exactly 150 years to the date of when General Grant was at the Cherry Mansion as the battle of Shiloh began.

In addition to his art, Bullard is also a professional sign painter. He picked up the trade when he was young by watching his father Denzol Bullard.  He’s done signs for over 35 years, both old fashioned hand lettered signs and vinyl signs.

Bullard also paints murals.  In 2011, he was commissioned to paint a mural for a restaurant in Roanoke, Virginia.   In the summer of 2012, Tony was commissioned to paint a mural for Iuka celebrating their 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Iuka.

Bullard’s official website, tonybullardart.com has a vast collection of artwork and prints he has produced through the years.  He has released over 150 different sets of prints of various titles of drawings and paintings he’s done through the years.  These are available on his website and when he does festivals.

Diligently producing new art regularly. Bullard said he is driven by Ecclessiastes 9:10 which says “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…”

For more info contact Terry Anderson at tfanderson@nemcc.edu or 662-720-7336”.

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Source: TigerWire

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Written by Michael H Miller

mhmiller@nemcc.edu

Michael H Miller is the Public Information Specialist at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

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