"Charivari" circa 1952 (Private Collection)
"All the Houses" circa 1952 (Private Collection)
"Rainy Day" 1947 
"Elevated Railroad, Looking towards Lower Manhattan" 1947 
  The Early Years
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Orville Bulman was a regionalist and social realist painter.  Besides his well known Haitian and Bahamian views, his early paintings reflected Midwestern,
 New York and Florida images and expressed his attraction to the beauty of the African-American culture.
"Delilah and the Preacher Samson" 1952 (Private Collection)
"Waiting for Ben West" 1957 (Private Collection)
"Big Booksie"  1952  (Bulman Family Photographs)
"I started sketching Little Booksie, Big Booksie's brother.  But Big Booksie lounged, watching, relaxed and thin, so I sketched him instead.  The rest is what I imagined he should be with."  -Orville Bulman, 1952
"Owl Dinette" c.1952  (Bulman Family Photographs)
"Little Ocean"  Circa 1951 (Bulman Family Photographs)
"His work is charming." Newsweek, 1952
"I don't understand what' is going on...I'm really way over my head in this business. Critics tell me I have a style of my own.  I don't even know what style is.  I'm fascinated with color and form and like to paint, and people like what I paint."  --Orville Bulman, 1952