Artist Statement

I took up painting relatively late in life—in my mid-thirties, inspired by a chance visit to an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art called The Fauve Landscape. It featured paintings by Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, Braque, and Marquet. I can honestly say that my encounter with the Fauves that Saturday afternoon in 1989 changed my life. Though mostly self-taught, I have learned a great deal from generous friends who are accomplished painters. Having an office across the street from the Art Students League of New York, where I took night classes with Ernest Crichlow and Hananiah Harari in the 1990s, was an enormous stroke of good luck. Obsession has also aided in my development. I am a representational painter, working in what I suppose would be called an expressionist style, guided in painting, as I am in poetry, by Ellington’s edict: You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.

Mystic Island, NJ, by Rick Mullin
Mystic Island, NJ
acrylic on board, 10″ x 12″
Lake House, by Rick Mulling
Lake House, Keuka Lake
acrylic on board, 10″ x 7″
Sunflowers with Gargoyle, by Rick Mullin
Sunflowers with Gargoyle
oil on board, 36″ x 26″
Still Life with Chubs and Habanero
Still Life with Chubs and Habanero
oil on canvas, 10″ x 14″
colllection of Paul Weingarten
Still Life with Mackerel, by Rick Mullin
Still Life with Mackerel
oil on canvas, 12″ x 16″
32nd Street, by Rick Mullin
32nd Street
oil on canvas, 34″ x 26″
private collection
Lobby of the Chelsea Hotel, by Rick Mullin
Lobby of the Chelsea Hotel
oil on canvas, 36″ x 28″
Meadowlands, by Rick Mullin

oil on canvas, 14” x 10”,
private collection