Al Gury

Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice

A new book on color by Al Gury was just published by Watson-Guptill this last year. Al was one of my most influential teachers when I was studying back in Philadephia; he is currently the chair of the painting department at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts there. Titled "Color for Painters: A Guide to Traditions and Practice," this is a very thorough book that should prove helpful for students and those artists just beginning their voyage into color exploration as well as interesting and thought-provoking for many who have been painting for years. (Here is another book that Al wrote a few years ago, this one on alla prima painting.)

This book covers a great range of topics including the history of color usage in art, how artists organize and conceptualize their color, and a whole lot more. I wouldn't be surprised at all is this became a staple in art classrooms.

New Book on Painting by Al Gury

A great new book on painting will soon be released: Alla Prima-A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting by Al Gury is due out on January 6th, 2009. It is published by Random House and is available for pre-sale on most book sites. Al is unique in that he is able to communicate painting in ways that a student of art can understand.

I got to know Al when I was living and studying in Philadelphia, both at the University of the Arts where I was enrolled and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where I was able to sit in on some of Al's lectures and painting classes. I was very fortunate to have such a sensitive and encouraging mentor to help point the way, someone who was doing what I wanted to be doing and was able to help me understand how to get there.

Al Gury is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (America's first art school and art museum), as well as an instructor at the Fleisher Art Memorial and the University of the Arts, all in Philadelphia.