Blue Heron Press is proud to announce the recent publication of Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy by Deborah C. Pollack.
This important hardcover, limited first edition art book is the only monograph about the Palm Beach and Grand Rapids artist and the most complete compilation of his artwork to date. It is 264 pages comprised of an extensive annotated biography along with over 365 illustrations including over 190 in color and over 170 in black and white. The book is an ample 13 ¼ high X 10 ¼ inches wide -- perfect for a gift. Molly Charland, Director of Library Services at the Society of the Four Arts has written the foreword.
One of the most successful American artists of the mid-twentieth century, Orville Bulman (1904-1978) remained humble, kind and generous despite his worldwide fame. (Almost all of his one-man exhibitions sold out before they opened to the public.)
Learn the authentic story about this marvelous artist while enjoying the highlights of his enchanted life and fantastic art. Vicariously experience his exotic adventures in Haiti where he lived among the islanders in the hills who loved and encouraged his art. Be a part of his subsequent whirlwind fame throughout towns and cities such as Palm Beach, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris and London.
Marvel at the roster of collectors of his art, from Hollywood stars such as Henry Fonda, Greer Garson and George Hamilton, to high society doyennes such as Marjorie Merriweather Post and European royalty such as the Duchess of Windsor. Corporation magnates and United States politicos such as Robert F. Kennedy and President Gerald Ford owned his works as well.
Feel the joy his art can bring.
From Gary Schwan, art critic of the Palm Beach Post:
"Gary Schwan's Art Lesson! Our critic's look at local treasures:
Orville Bulman was a successful businessman and and society figure in post World War II Palm Beach. He was also a talented artist who painted his own charming world. He called it 'Bulman's Island.' It was a surprising place where tigers shared umbrellas with people, and stock figures, such as the portly 'general' and his comely entourage chugged serenely along untroubled seas. Bulman's best known works were obviously inspired by Haitian art, with it's brilliant colors and naive figures....A major book devoted to Bulman and his work was recently published and is available at the Classic Bookshop in Palm Beach."
"The Christmas book of the season."- Julie, from the Classic Bookshop, Palm Beach
"The perfect gift for the holiday season." - Marjorie H., Philadelphia
“Phenomenal!” “A beautifully illustrated, in-depth portrayal Donna Morris - Palm Beach of an artist whose whimsical works are
"I love the book! Informing and guaranteed to make anyone smile.” entertaining. A joy to read." Susan Swanson - Stuart, Florida
H. B. - Lake Worth
"A beautiful high quality coffee table book dedicated to the artwork and life of Orville Bulman. If you're a fan of the Springbok puzzle Caribbean Fantasy, you will love this book. Lavishly illustrated with over 190 color and 170 black and white prints." Mike Helland, Springbok Fever
"The new book by Deborah C. Pollack, Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy, is an art treasure to behold. Filled with important and new biographical information about one of Grand Rapids' major 20th century artists, the colorful book will also remind you of what humor in painting is all about. Bringing many smiles to your face, the book is filled with beautiful reproductions of Bulman's classic works of art, now scattered throughout the world. This re-interpretation of a master mid-century artist reminds us of the unity of all peoples, animals, and plants in a truly diverse world." Richard Vettese
History and Special Collections
Grand Rapids Library
"Orville Bulman: An Enchanted Life and Fantastic Legacy (Blue Heron Press), penned by local art scholar Deborah Pollack, follows the artist’s life and work, both colorful. The nomadic Bulman counted ...Palm Beach as one of his periodic homes, and Palm Beachers couldn’t get enough of his whimsical paintings, which were also purchased by actors Henry Fonda and George Hamilton. An Enchanted Life discusses Bulman’s sold-out exhibitions and the...media’s rave reviews. Also making for some quick page turning are details of Bulman’s time at the Woodstock Art Colony and his friendships with art legends such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Adolph Dehn, and burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee."
Melissa Cantor, Palm Beach Illustrated
"In a letter to a friend in the mid-1970's, Orville Bulman (1904-1978) wrote that when he first started to paint, 'there was so much sadness, strife and outright mayhem in work back then, that I decided to bring, if I could, some laughter into painting.' This book offers an in-depth look at the work and life of Bulman, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a largely self-taught painter who was also a successful businessman and society figure in Palm Beach, Florida. The book features over 190 full-color and 170 black-and-white images, including many of Bulman's whimsical views of Haiti and an imaginary place he called "Bulman's Island." Maine Antique Digest
Adorable, small publisher’s issue errata sheet laid into endnote page, illustrated with wide-eyed giraffe, concerning correction in enumeration of endnotes (enhancing the book’s value).