I work in thematic series often involving the human figure. I have an interest in traditional media and techniques as they have been used throughout history; especially in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque time periods. I am, at heart, a traditionalist with a German expressionist nature. My art is very egocentric in nature because it reflects my questions about life, history and the world in which I live.
Over the twenty plus years that I have been making art, my themes have remained constant. I still want the viewer to be impacted emotionally, intellectually and psychologically when looking upon my work. However, my technique has improved; for I am much more careful in the decisions I make throughout the creative process to create and execute a work of art.
Professor Al Shull holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in art education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio arts from Culver Stockton College. In 1993 he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree with emphasis in printmaking and painting from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He joined the LLCC faculty in 2000. He is also a studio artist who works in a variety of media. His artwork is in public and private collections. He has won awards for his paintings, drawings and prints and continues to exhibit regularly.