Al Gury is an educator, writer and artist.
He is a Professor of Painting, Drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Deeply committed to art education, he teaches many courses on painting, drawing and art history, as well as teaching art education methods to undergraduate and graduate students. National and international workshops are also a regular part of his engagement in art education. He is also a lecturer at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
As a writer, Al Gury has written three books for Penguin-Random House on art methods and art history, Alla Prima, Color for Painters and Foundations of Drawing. In addition, he has authored dozens of articles for museums and art publications in the US and Europe such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Artists and Craftsman Magazine and numerous other venues. Al’s specialties include color traditions and practice in painting, old master and contemporary painting methods, drawing and figure anatomy history and methods, traditions and practice in portrait and landscape and others.
Al Gury is a practicing painter, with regular one person exhibitions at the F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as galleries and museums in other states.
Very involved in community and social justice activities, Al is a cat foster parent and advocate for animal rescue and nursing care via the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.