Lee Mullican, ‘Iluminaciones’, Marc Selwyn Fine Art

About Lee Mullican

Grounded in the belief that modern painting should merge abstraction and representation to best reveal the underlying order of the universe, Lee Mullican made drawings and paintings that synthesized European Surrealism, American abstraction, and Native American heritage geometries. Mullican’s experience as a topographer during World War II instilled in him an admiration for the abstract patterns inherent in natural forms and refined his drawing abilities. Favoring contradictory visual elements, he opted for clashing yet complementary colors, building images simultaneously serene and stimulating. Mullican painted in a style influenced by printmaking, forming ridges of paint and using the edge of a palette knife to achieve a line raised and puckered; the resulting surfaces caught light and cast shadows, ultimately assuming a tapestry-like quality.

American, 1919-1998, Chickasha, OK, United States, based in Santa Monica, CA, United States

Solo Shows on Artsy

Lee Mullican, James Cohan, New York
Lee Mullican: Shatter Special, Equitable Vitrines, Beverly Hills

Group Shows on Artsy

Dream Machines, James Cohan, New York
Spring Selections, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe