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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: land-and seascape paintings, Cape Cod

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John Mulcahy
Duck Creek, Wellfleet
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Following is the obituary of the artist, published by the Nickerson Funeral Home, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, November 11, 2012. 

Submitted by Robert Savage

John J. Mulcahy Wellfleet Artist and owner of Gallery

John J. Mulcahy of Wellfleet and Provincetown passed away on November 11, 2012, he was 81. He was the beloved son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard J. Mulcahy of Hingham, MA. He attended Hingham schools and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University. He also studied art at the University of Maryland Extension Program, Munich, Germany, and he studied with Arthur Stafford a noted Gloucester and Boston artist.

John served in Germany with the U.S. Army. He taught arts and crafts in Weymouth, MA before starting his own Art Studio Gallery in Wellfleet. His light drenched plain air landscapes, seascapes and dramatic self portraits are in hundreds of collections across the country. His work is in the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art, and the State Department Collection of Regional American Artists in Washington DC.

His work has received acceptance and awards to numerous juried competitions, including the Worcester Museum National Juried Exhibit, Duxbury Museum, Springfield Museum Exhibit, Attleboro Museum, Plymouth Guild of Artists Juried Exhibit, Cape Cod Art Association members show, all New England shows, all Eastern art exhibits, Scituate Arts Festival, and Bar Harbor, ME.

His art has been displayed at numerous shows and galleries. Among them are the Copley Art Gallery in Boston, MA, Kiley Court Gallery in Provincetown, Alper's Art Gallery in Andover, MA, Steve Aiken "234" Gallery in Wellfleet, Harmon's Gallery in Wellfleet, Addison's Gallery in Orleans, Frank Hogan's Gallery in Orleans, Chandier Gallery and Swansboro Gallery in Wellfleet, Thomas Crane Library in Quincy, Milton Public Library, First National Bank of Boston, and the Cherry Stone Gallery in Wellfleet.

He painted for two years in Maine, Monhegan Island and Bar Harbor, and exhibited his work at Main Street Gallery.

John leaves behind his sister Catherine of Wellfleet, several cousins and many friends from around the country.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:00am in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2282 Route 6, Wellfleet, MA. Burial will be private. A memorial in John's honor will also be held at a later date.

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John Mulcahy was born in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1931. He studied at the St. Botolph Art School in Boston and with Arthur Stafford. He opened the Appointment Gallery in Hingham and moved to Cape Cod in the 1960's where he established the John Mulcahy Art Studio in Wellfleet in 1966. 

He is one of the grandfathers of the great Outer Cape tradition of modern painting in the tradition of Motherwell and Hensche.  He has a unique style which is a blend of Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism.  He frequently paints on wood panels with a heavy impasto and emphasis on color, commonly also with a palette knife technique.  The works evoke a wonderful soul and warmth of color and in one sense can be viewed like a Pollock or de Kooning,on the other hand closer inspection will reveal all the light, sea, sand, boats, marsh grass and wildlife that the Outer Cape is famous for.  Most of his works are landscapes, seascapes, creek and marsh views of Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.  

He also is known for interesting personal messages and portions of poems that he frequently writes on the verso of his paintings

Mulcahy is a member of the Provincetown Art Association (PAAM) and is in the permanent collection of the P.A.A.M.  His work has also been shown at the Provincetown Library, Castle Hill in Truro and at Renaissance III in Provincetown. 

Submitted by Robert Savage, private collector

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