Spending summers fighting wildfire, Hulphers continues to paint in his Leschi studio in Seattle. He currently exhibits with Spotte Art. Notably, Hulphers held a 16-piece solo show at Blink UX in Seattle, and was invited to exhibit at The Architectural Digest Show in New York City.
I was raised on a ranch in Western America. Adapting to an urban setting has had its challenges. In order for me to more comfortably integrate and understand my new surroundings, it’s important for me to explore my questions about the city. By arranging objects in space, I draw a map about the aesthetics, tools and organizational methods used to accommodate oneself to the environment. Testing a composition of order against an exploration of randomness, my paintings are an attempt to explain and arrange my fears of the unknown.
I use shape, line and notations of scientific languages, tools, instruments, and designs to negotiate a perspective of space on the canvas. I build systematic structure into the work then disassemble it using methods of distress and reassemble its elements. This compositional erosion and reconstruction is determined by both accident, and surgical intent and precision.
” Art is a tool that helps us understand the unique expression of someone. It’s not something to conquer or control, but practice. ”