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Martin Mull

The Contemplation of Assets , 2005

Oil on Linen
60 × 156 in
152.4 × 396.2 cm
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Iris Project
Venice

Martin Mull was born in Chicago, IL and earned his BFA and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of …

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Martin Mull
American, b. 1943
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Martin Mull examines the visual culture of post-war America through his photorealist and pop-style oil paintings, whose imagery is sourced from found mid-century children’s books and photographs of family life. Although detachment and dark undertones permeate works such as the ironically titled Comedian (2010), the comedic impulse Mull perfected through his acting career is also palpable in some paintings. In War and Peace (2010) for example, two 1950s-looking pre-adolescent couples occupy distinct universes within the same all-American backyard: a doe-eyed, pigtailed girl locks eyes with a boy who holds her close, while in the background another girl tackles a boy to the ground. Exemplifying the color contrast that recurs throughout many of Mull’s paintings, the happy couple is rendered in soft pastels while the rest of the scene is black and white.

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Martin Mull was born in Chicago, IL and earned his BFA and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design in the 1960’s. Mull’s task, as he puts it, is to “examine an instant.” His work is characterized by situational imagery, alternately playful and menacing. His compositions can be read as frozen scenes in a …

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Triptych
Martin Mull
American, b. 1943
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Martin Mull examines the visual culture of post-war America through his photorealist and pop-style oil paintings, whose imagery is sourced from found mid-century children’s books and photographs of family life. Although detachment and dark undertones permeate works such as the ironically titled Comedian (2010), the comedic impulse Mull perfected through his acting career is also palpable in some paintings. In War and Peace (2010) for example, two 1950s-looking pre-adolescent couples occupy distinct universes within the same all-American backyard: a doe-eyed, pigtailed girl locks eyes with a boy who holds her close, while in the background another girl tackles a boy to the ground. Exemplifying the color contrast that recurs throughout many of Mull’s paintings, the happy couple is rendered in soft pastels while the rest of the scene is black and white.

Martin Mull

The Contemplation of Assets , 2005

Oil on Linen
60 × 156 in
152.4 × 396.2 cm
This is a unique work.
Sold
Location
Venice
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
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