Lee Mullican

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Lee Mullican
Lee Mullican (1970) in his Santa Monica residence
Born(1919-12-02)December 2, 1919
Died(1998-07-07)July 7, 1998
Alma materAbilene Christian University,
Kansas City Art Institute,
University of Oklahoma
Known forPainting, drawings
MovementDynaton, Surrealism
SpouseLuchita Hurtado
Children2, including Matt Mullican

Lee Mullican (December 2, 1919 – July 8, 1998) was an American painter, curator, and art teacher.[1][2] He was an influential member of the Dynaton Movement.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Lee Mullican was born on December 2, 1919, in Chickasha, Oklahoma.[1] He studied at the Abilene Christian University in Texas, the University of Oklahoma, and the Kansas City Art Institute.[1]

During World War II, he was in the United States Army and served in Hawaii.[1]

Career and late life[edit]

He moved to San Francisco after the war in 1947.[1] Mullican was part of a 1951 exhibition called "Dynaton" held at the San Francisco Museum of Art.[5] Mullican was a member of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture faculty from 1962 to 1990.[6]

His paintings were abstract and have a "rigid" and "linear" quality to them.[7] He applied paint with a printer's knife.[7] Mullicans work was influenced by cosmology, which is also a trait found in other Dynaton artists work.[8]

Mullican married artist Luchita Hurtado and they had two sons.[9] Their son Matt Mullican is an artist; and their son John Mullican is a writer and director.[9] He died on July 8, 1998, in Santa Monica, California.[1] In 2008, his son John Mullican released the documentary film, Finding Lee Mullican.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Oliver, Myrna (1998-07-08). "Lee Mullican; Influential Surrealist Artist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  2. ^ "Review: Lee Mullican's colors crackle with energy". Los Angeles Times. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  3. ^ Kimball Whiting. "Lee Mullican (1919-1998)". sullivangoss.com. Retrieved 2011-06-09..
  4. ^ Whiting, Sam (January 21, 2021). "Gertrud Parker, artist and founder of Museum of Craft and Folk Art, dead at 96". Datebook | San Francisco Arts & Entertainment Guide. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  5. ^ "Art and soul : Internationally known Taos artist Lee Mullican dies". Taos News. July 16, 1998.
  6. ^ "UCLA Obituary: Lee Mullican". Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  7. ^ a b Yau, John (2016-06-12). "Restless and Rigid". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  8. ^ Schwendener, Martha (2015-07-16). "Review: 'All Watched Over' Contemplates Art's Relationship to Technology". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  9. ^ a b Rea, Naomi (2020-08-14). "'Her Legacy Has Only Just Begun': Luchita Hurtado, the Protean Artist Who Gained Renown in Her Final Decade, Has Died at 99". Artnet News. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  10. ^ Heffley, Lynne (2005-11-13). "The Patron of Their Arts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  11. ^ "Remembering Luchita Hurtado, painter, eco-warrior and witness to a century of art". The Art Newspaper. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2022-01-20.

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