In his various works, the artist gathers a large cast of comic characters that resurface for new adventures. Batman pervades as a symbolic hero, seen through different lenses and life stages. In Blue Batman
(2015), he manifests as a childlike, sloppy abstraction—a sculptural totem—while in Big Batman Drawing
(2015), the caped crusader is pulled from ADHD actions in his early comic-book representation, grinning, frowning, and jumping about the composition. Bat Pin-Up #1
(2015) switches up the protagonist, picturing a pinup girl clad in a low-cut version of Batman’s costume. Mulroney samples from a range of sources, from the illustrational style of cartoonists such as
to toy design to carnival kitsch, but he incorporates into his works an awareness of art history and mass media. In pieces such as Symbols of Faith
(2015) and Woman and Purple Flowers
(2015), a more conceptual hand is in play, and the illustration is juxtaposed with the traditional painters’ tropes of portraiture, minimalism, and symbology.