Son of acclaimed Philadelphia artist and architect, John Dull, Christian Dull was born in Mortonville, Pennsylvania in 1902.
Christian studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Daniel Garber and Earl Horter. He also attended the National Academy of Design in New York and the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. Following school, Dull worked as a philatelist (one who studies stamps and posted materials) associated with Hans Lagerloef, the world- renowned Swedish collector.
Dull was an active member of many arts organizations including The American Society of Etchers, The Philadelphia Print Club, The North Shore Art Alliance, and the American Federation of Arts. The popular appeal of his work is evident from the many awards he received, including a prize from the Graphic Sketch Club of Philadelphia and inclusion in the exhibit, "Fifty Prints of the Year" at the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York in 1931. He was also awarded a prize from the American Society of Etchers.
Dull summered in Cape Ann, MA where he developed a great love for the sea. It was during these trips that Dull received inspiration for his harbor and fishing scenes. Through his exploration of intaglio printmaking, he achieved a painterly effect that emphasized abstraction and design.
Primarily a printmaker, Dull also excelled at oil and watercolor painting. In 1931, he received an honors award for an oil painting shown at the National Art Exhibit in Utah.
Christian's work is found in collections of the New York Public Library, Cape May Court House, and many public institutions. He has exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
The artist died in 1982.