Karl Mullen at Adams Community Bank Gallery

Karl Mullen

Cultural Currency

Adams Community Bank Gallery

Opening August 28

*Early Reception from 5-6PM

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Karl Mullen, born in Dublin, Ireland, lives in Massachusetts where he works in a studio in the cow stall of a nineteenth-century barn. He has developed his own distinctive approach to art making, utilizing walnut oil, raw powder pigment and a wax medium that coalesce into color-saturated, luminous images. Painting largely with his hands, Karl creates primitive, poetic figures that float on fields of color. The imagery in his paintings is born out of Irish mythology, family and dreams. This show will feature some of his latest figurative work.

Karl’s ground of choice is artist-stock Arches paper, old book pages, sheet music, photographs and other ephemera that glow with the passage of time. Recently he has been experimenting with non-traditional materials such as wine, tea, salt, shoe polish, Indian spices, spit and ash, applied with bottles, knives and other kitchen utensils to give a draftsman quality to his work.

His work is shown annually at The New York Outsider Art Fair, The Intuit Show Chicago, Folk Fest Atlanta and at many galleries nationally
and in Europe. Mullen’s paintings reside in many private collections in the U.S. and Europe and in the permanent holdings of The Polk Museum, The Hurn Museum and Robert Morris College. They were also showcased in the PBS syndicated TV series Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations and are included frequently in art/design magazines such as Home Accents and Elle Decor.

For more information about the artist visit http://www.karlmullen.com

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