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Taos, NM  87571
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 Lee Mullican (1919-1998)  

Reluctant to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and the current art world trends, Lee Mullican, considered a California artist, worked steadfastly in the Los Angeles area for most of his career, teaching, painting and quietly exhibiting.

Mullican's style is drawn from a variety of sources, most importantly, his position in the army as an aerial topographer in the early 1940s.  The process of ingraining shapes and paterns from a bird's-eye perspective eventually cultivated Mullican's pre-exisiting appreciation for naturalistic forms and abstract patterns, later becoming his signature style.  His paintings represent the juxtaposition between the natural, chaotic world, the linear, scientific one and the mystic elements of ancient cultures, which he experienced through observation of Native American art and culture as a child in New Mexico.

In addition to studying under prominent Surrealist Gordon Onslow Ford and artist Wolfgang Paalen, Mullican, who along with other artists and Mullican, formed the group called Dynaton, which exhibited what they considered an alternative to the visual imagery of abstract Expressionism, as a group in the San Francisco area.  The San Francisco Museum of Art gave Mullican a one-person show in 1949, and at this time he had arrived, before the age of 30, at very close to his mature style.  in the 1950s Mullican won the Guggenheim Fellowship, allowing him to study in Rome in, afterwords he would join the art faculty at UCLA.  In the beginning of the 1970s, Mullican began spending most of his summers in Taos New Mexico, where he was considered a part of the group known as the Taos Moderns.  His work remain in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, MoMA in both Paris and New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, as well as the Harwood Musuem of Art in Taos New Mexico

Selected works currently in our inventory :

Images are not to scale.

"Shooting Chant"
oil on canvas- 1985
  48" H x 40" W

oil paper - 1962
  24" H x 18" W 

"Pueblo Tale"
pencil & ink wash on paper - 1971
  14.75" H x 19.75" W 

"Spirit Head Swims Red #1"
oil on canvas - 1984
  30" H x 30" W 

"Untitled Guardian"
oil on canvas - 1978
  60" H x 50" W 

"Untitled Spirit Head"
oil on canvas - 1984
  28" H x 22" W 

"Spirit Head"
oil on canvas - 1984
  24" H x 20" W 

"Gonesh Mudhead"
wood fired clay ceramic - c. 1990s.
7.5" H x 9.5 W x 8 D" 

"Guardian Figure"
wood fired clay ceramic - c. 1990s.
10 H x 3 W x 3" D

wood fired clay ceramic - c. 1990s.
11 H x 6 W x 6" D

"Untitled (Venus)"
wood fired clay ceramic - 1994.
17" H x 6 W 6.875" D 

"Untitled (Male Fetish Figure)"
wood fired clay ceramic - 1994.
9.25 H x 4 W x 4" D