Marlon Mullen (b. 1963)

Marlon Mullen bases his paintings on found photographic images – mostly from lifestyle, news and contemporary art periodicals — which the artist uses as a departure point for his subsequent work.

In the process of developing a painting Mullen’s original magazine pages usually become obscured, or literally abstracted, where an image is subsequently reduced to a graphic schema of interlocking colors and forms. Very similar to the beats created for hip hop, operating at the threshold between legibility and illegibility Mullen’s works lives within the multiple histories of 20th century modernism, while remaining highly personal.

Marlon Mullen is represented exclusively by JTT in New York and Adams and Ollman in Oregon.

recent exhibition history

Creature Feature // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2017

Fonds Duvel-Moortgat // organized by MADmusée, Théâtre de Liège, Liège Belgium 2016

Outside // curated by Matthew Higgs Karma Amangasett New York 2016

Variations On a Theme // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2016

Looking Back, The 10th White Columns Annual // White Columns New York 2016

Celebrating A Vision: Art & Disability // SFO Terminal Three 2016

Marlon Mullen // Jack Fischer Gallery San Francisco 2016

Marlon Mullen // Admas And Ollman Portland, Oregon 2016

Welcome To My World // organized by Chris Ashley NIAD Art Center 2015

Marlon Mullen //Contemporary Art Center Atlanta 2015

Marlon Mullen // JTT New York 2015

Under Another Name // organized by Thomas J. Lax Studio Museum Of Harlem 2014

Ebony + Ivory // organized by Katie Johnson NIAD Art Center 2014

Check Your Head: Some Figurative Work NIAD Art Center 2013

Undercover Geniuses // organized by Jan Moore Petaluma Arts Center 2013

Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013

MHMMML // International Art Objects Los Angeles 2013

Color and Form  // Jack Fischer Gallery San Francisco  2013

Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD// Richmond Mayor’s Suite Richmond 2016

Breaking Barriers // organized by Patricia Watts Marin Community Foundation Novato 2013

Marlon Mullen  // White Columns New York 2012

After Shelley Duvall ’72 // Maccarone New York 2011

Create // Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley 2011; Canton Gallery, Worcester 2012; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton 2013; Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Farmville 2013; and Washington State University, Museum of Art Pullman 2014

corporate and public collections

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley California

MADMusée, Belgium

recent press

Disparate Minds: Masters and Emerging Artists at the Outsider Art Fair (February 2016)

ARTnews: Boundaries Blur At The Outsider Art Fair, Which Has Newfound Attention, Pricey Dargers, And Quite A Bit More (January 2016)

Hyperallergic: Outsider Art Fair Preview: Discoveries, Surprises And An Expanded Vision (January 2016)

Observer: The Top 10 NYC Gallery Shows of 2015 (January 2016)

Burnaway: Brut Force: Marlon Mullen at the Contemporary (October 2015)

ARTnews: The Error Of Margins (October 2015)

Arts ATL: Review: Diverse solo shows at Atlanta Contemporary suggest new curator’s interests (September 2015)

Artspace: Independent’s Matthew Higgs on Finding Space in the Market for Underdogs (March 2015)

Frieze Magazine: MHMMML (2013, May)

San Francisco Chronicle: NIAD Art Center’s Gifts Of Artistic Ability (2012, December)

Contra Costa Times: Richmond’s NIAD Makes Art Affordable And Accessible (2012, November)

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Holy Cross Exhibit Displays Works Of Artists With Disabilities (2012, November)

MetroWest Daily News: Utterly Honest Art At Holy Cross In Worcester (2012, October)

Exhibition A: Incredible Marlon Mullen Show At White Columns (2012, March)

awards

Wyn Newhouse Award (2014)