Rick Dula

Rick Dula

Mr. Dula's current work focuses on a type of urban landscape, mostly in the run down and decaying vestiges of an earlier time. Mr. Dula likes to visit cities and seek out the industrial edges, where either side of the train tracks is lined with factories and plants near death. Rust, ruins and abandonment are his roadside attractions, and as he photographs (and later paint) these with an eye for dramatic light, often returning several times to catch the best mood. His fascination with corrosion reflects a particularly American longing for deeper history, "We don't have buildings older than a mere couple of centuries as does the rest of the Old World. I think this causes a sort of 'patina envy' in our culture." His work is more that of the obituary. Although some of the factories and industrial plants are still in operation, he paints what seems to be vanishing from the modern urban landscape, and want to preserve some of the beauty before it is gone. Mr. Dula has a B.A. from California State University at Hayward. His paintings have been added to the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum, Oakland CA, Rutgers Archives, Zimmerman Museum, New Brunswick, NJ, Springfield Art Museum, SPringfield, MO, and at the U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.