1940s Paintings

For Mullican, artmaking was a meditative practice, drawing upon Surrealist methods of automatism to map both a quasi-mystical internal landscape and an external topography. In his paintings from the 1940s, Mullican developed and refined a unique method of applying paint to the canvas with the thin edge of a printer’s knife, building up the surface with textured, fine lines–a technique he referred to as striation. The artist’s works from this period are densely patterned interweavings of symbolic figuration and rhythmic abstraction. 

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