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Forum Gallery presents Tula Telfair: From a Distance (January 19 - March 4, 2023), an exhibition of twenty-four oil on panel paintings in an intimate scale, a departure for the Artist best known for her grand-scale, heroic landscapes. In From a Distance, each 24 x 18 inch painting evokes the birds-eye view captured from an airplane window or a mountain peak. 

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“These small jewel-like paintings embrace the slippery nature of attempting to recall landscapes only seen from a distance – seductive and elusive visions provided by fleeting glimpses viewed from afar. The geographic regions depicted in these invented landscapes exist in areas where change is rapidly occurring. My recent work is informed by on-site-visits to active volcanoes, locations where tectonic plates meet and earthquakes occur daily, the solitary Arctic and Antarctic regions, isolated areas in Africa, and locations where shifting rivers and coastlines impact the edges of the lands they border. This body of work documents the unplanned visions witnessed along the way, from a distance.”
__Tula Telfair

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“The images appear to be photographs, but dissolve into painterly veils of gesture and color at close range. They become fluid and unfixed, perfectly echoing the experience of witnessing passing visions where details dissolve and the lasting impression is similar to that of a dream.” __Tula Telfair

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“I spent my formative years living in the jungles that bordered the Ivindo River in Gabon, which is on the Equator in West Central Africa. Our primary concern was how nature could help us or put us at risk and how to respect its beauty and power. These paintings archive my deeply felt responses to the natural world, the planet we live on, and how the subjectivity of perception and the power of memory anchor our place in it. “
__Tula Telfair

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Tula Telfair Mythologizing the Dream, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Mythologizing the Dream, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Remembered Landscape, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Remembered Landscape, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Landmark, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Landmark, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Digging Deep, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Digging Deep, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Action is Inseparable from Perception, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Action is Inseparable from Perception, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair An Unfinished History, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

An Unfinished History, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Observations are Often Conditioned, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Observations are Often Conditioned, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches
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Tula Telfair A Web of Signs, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

A Web of Signs, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Consciousness Treads a Fine Line, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Consciousness Treads a Fine Line, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Objecthood Depends on Perspective, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Objecthood Depends on Perspective, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair It Moves With Infinite Slowness, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

It Moves With Infinite Slowness, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Balancing Act, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Balancing Act, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Relandscaped, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Relandscaped, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Afterimage, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Afterimage II, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair The Rejection of Ornamentation, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

The Rejection of Ornamentation, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair A Rational Paradise, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

A Rational Paradise, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Worthy of Our Attention, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Worthy of Our Attention, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Slippery Matter, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Slippery Matter, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Piercing the Darkness, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Piercing the Darkness, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair The Vocabularies of Nature, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

The Vocabularies of Nature, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Built Exclusively for Delight II, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Built Exclusively for Delight II, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Defined by Its Borders, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Defined by Its Borders, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair Negating Expectations, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Negating Expectations, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair The Limits Are Flexible, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

The Limits Are Flexible, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

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Tula Telfair The Contemporary Sublime, 2014 oil on canvas 72 x 96 inches

The Contemporary Sublime, 2014
oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches

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Tula Telfair Mythologizing the Dream, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Mythologizing the Dream, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Remembered Landscape, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Remembered Landscape, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Landmark, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Landmark, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Digging Deep, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Digging Deep, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Action is Inseparable from Perception, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Action is Inseparable from Perception, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair An Unfinished History, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

An Unfinished History, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Observations are Often Conditioned, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Observations are Often Conditioned, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches
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Tula Telfair A Web of Signs, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

A Web of Signs, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Consciousness Treads a Fine Line, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Consciousness Treads a Fine Line, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Objecthood Depends on Perspective, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Objecthood Depends on Perspective, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair It Moves With Infinite Slowness, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

It Moves With Infinite Slowness, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Balancing Act, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Balancing Act, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Relandscaped, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Relandscaped, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Afterimage, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Afterimage II, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair The Rejection of Ornamentation, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

The Rejection of Ornamentation, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair A Rational Paradise, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

A Rational Paradise, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Worthy of Our Attention, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Worthy of Our Attention, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Slippery Matter, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Slippery Matter, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Piercing the Darkness, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Piercing the Darkness, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair The Vocabularies of Nature, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

The Vocabularies of Nature, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Built Exclusively for Delight II, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Built Exclusively for Delight II, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Defined by Its Borders, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Defined by Its Borders, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair Negating Expectations, 2023 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

Negating Expectations, 2023
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair The Limits Are Flexible, 2022 oil on clayboard 24 x 18 inches

The Limits Are Flexible, 2022
oil on clayboard
24 x 18 inches

Tula Telfair The Contemporary Sublime, 2014 oil on canvas 72 x 96 inches

The Contemporary Sublime, 2014
oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches

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Tula Telfair lives and works in Connecticut and has been represented by Forum Gallery since 2004.  The recipient of many awards, including the Walter Gropius Master Artist award (2015), she is Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where she has taught since 1989 and served as Academic Dean of the Arts and Humanities, in addition to receiving the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Born in Bronxville, NY in 1961, Tula Telfair grew up in Africa, East Asia, and Europe before settling in the United States. Paintings by Tula Telfair are held and exhibited by many public and private collections, including the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Ashville Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, and The Hudson River Museum.

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