The impact colors have on the psyche has been well-documented. Different colors can evoke emotions and affect moods: Reds incite excitement (and appetite, which is why many restaurants are painted that color); greens convey peace and tranquility; certain shades of blue are calming and invite introspection.
Artist Mark Mulhern uses a wide and vibrant color palate to move his audience and enliven his paintings in his latest exhibit, “Mostly People,” on display through November 24 at the Tory Folliard Gallery in the Third Ward. Read More
Mulhern’s world is populated by figures (and a few dogs) that seem to float through various doings. It’s everyday stuff for everyday folks who shop, gossip and gather in various places. His is the painted land with no visible anchors, and in this land there is an air of freedom and eternal calm devoid of terror. Read More
The Paintings and Drawings of Mark Mulhern, by R. M. Ryan
Sometimes, Master Artists work here beside us. We don’t even see them at first, for they are seeing the same thing we’re seeing. Read More
Two new exhibitions at the Tory Folliard Gallery (233 N. Milwaukee St.) each introduce the everyday into their art. Cathy Martin comes to her craft from an earthy angle, which steered clear of the contemporary artist’s traditional MFA-lined path. She is an artist whose day job puts food on her table by putting food on other people’s tables. Indeed, her oil paintings on display in the exhibit “This & That” reveal a sensitivity to nature no doubt nurtured by her years as a Wisconsin farmer. Although she is self-taught, the technical execution of her work indicates a rare talent.
Mark Mulhern’s “New Work” uncovers a different domain of reality by means of a different technical approach. Photographic accuracy is here exchanged for figurativeness and atmosphere, which evoke a more primal, immediate stratum of experience. From dog walkers, pigeons amongst passing crowds and the backs of people’s heads, the subject matter also belongs to the everyday world.
The exhibitions open with an artists reception on Friday, Sept. 12 from 5-7:30 p.m. You have until Oct. 11 to make these images part of your everyday. Read More
Recently, Mark Mulhern received the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. His MOWA exhibition "Pulling Back the Curtain" illustrated his interest in the "process of creation." Locating and removing elements from his compositions is a major component of his process. Read More
What makes a good party? Is it the setting, the weather, the people, the fashion, or an elusive vibe in the air? “Cocktail Party,” a major new oil on canvas by Mark Mulhern that measures 54×60 inches, captures the mood of a beautiful day with friends gathering to socialize. Mulhern‘s characteristic abstracted figures express lively movement without getting too caught up in details. The unrestrained brushstrokes are done with a light touch, while bold daubs of color are adroitly placed to lead the eye back through the space of this enchanted setting. This is one party you don’t want to miss. Read More
Mark Mulhern currently has an exhibition of New Work in the gallery. In addition to the paintings in his Bathers series, Mulhern has taken a special interest in dogs and their owners, focusing on Dog Shows in several of the works. The oil painting pictured above is titled Dog Show and measures 60×70 inches. This subject lends itself perfectly to Mark’s interest in showing the evolution of a painting. As Mark states, “The risks, erasures, revisions, and resolutions that go into the work are layered in its strata. The end result is the sum of this history. I want my paintings to speak to this process.” New Work is Mark Mulhern‘s seventh solo show with the Tory Folliard Gallery. See Mark Mulhern’s exhibition online here. Read More