1980s Paintings

Mullican’s 1980s paintings represented a striking evolution in his visual language yet remain grounded in the natural world he drew inspiration from. In these works, the rich, elemental tones of his earlier work gave way to a graphic, pared-down palette of black and white stippled with fine lines of vibrant primary color. Dense striations of paint loosened to create a rhythmic pattern of mark-making layered over abstract forms that suggest dissected flower petals. His ceramic sculptures from the same period marry that same graphic sensibility with a totemic, architectural quality informed by the artist’s deep appreciation for pre-Columbian and Native American abstraction.

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