Bull's mother grew up in a farming family in Orient, N.Y., on Long Island. His father's family were farmers in Maine, where Bull was raised around Old Town. Bull has painted trucks in both areas, as well as in Essex County. He landed in Amesbury in 1987 and in Newburyport a few years later, becoming a well-known figure in the local arts scene.
Bull's truck paintings can be viewed at alanbull.com. "Junked" will be on display at the Firehouse Gallery, 1 Market Square in Newburyport, through Jan. 22. A reception with the artist will be held Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. Information about the gallery is available at firehouse.org.
"BIG BLUE," painted this year, is part of an exhibition of Alan Bull's truck paintings at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport."RED" - "Something personal, not just machinery." "Snow and Rust," a 1996 oil painting by Alan Bull, and ...... "Three Trucks" are among the roughly 25 of his works in an exhibition, "Junked," at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. JANET KNOTT/GLOBE STAFF