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Artist sees COVID-19 as an explosive force


Anthony Kulish painted “Fury of the Coronavirus” during the early days of the pandemic lockdown in his studio on the Paunacussing Creek.

It’s an abstract view of the familier sphere turned into a ragged object with the misshapen flower-like attachments flying erratically around it. It’s not the uniform arrangement of sphere with florets that we see in illustrations.

Kulish’s family moved to a farm on McNeil Road, on the outskirts of Carversville in 1933. Although he was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, he has lived and worked far afield.

A World War II Naval Reserve flier who trained at Glenview Naval Air Base, Kulish began art studies at the nearby Art Institute of Chicago, where he met his wife, Gilbert, a student at the Art Institute who became a ceramics artist, painter and sculptor.

In Chicago, Kulish spent some time working in the editorial department of the Herald American and moved into type and film design for the Filmo-Type Corporation before designing wallpapers and draperies for Perspective Galleries in New York.

Kulish became known for textile design and he was a consultant for mills around the country. His textiles have been shown in the Museum of Modern Art and are part of the Smithsonian Institution collection in Washington. His work has been shown in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and New Hope.

Locally, Kulish, who settled in Cottageville, Bucks County, in 1953, has chaired exhibitions at Prallsville Mills, and shown his work at the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen and Phillips’ Mill exhibitions.