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 Paul Mullally  (1947 - )

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Lived/Active: Washington      Known for: portrait, landscape, genre, coastal

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Based in Seattle, Washington, Paul Mullally became a realist figure and landscape painter, who travelled world wide for subject matter including the Far East and Europe.

Of himself, he says he was a terrible student, struggling through Catholic elementary school as a child growing up in a large Irish Catholic family of twelve children. He was not interested in college, but his father persuaded him to enter Seattle University where he took many art classes.

He spent several years working as a "ski bum" in Jackson, Wyoming and then travelled the world for nine months. He was frustrated at not being able to paint as well as he wanted, so he went to New York for three years to the Art Students League where he learned a controlled palette technique. He also studied at the Salmagundi Club and supported himself during this time by waiting tables and doing commercial illustration.

In 1988, he moved to Chicago and studied with Richard Schmid at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art and from Schmid learned how to open up his palette from cool to warm hues. In the 1990s, he continued to travel, returning to India and Nepal and visiting Vietnam. He was much impressed by the Hindu pilgrimages to the Ganges River and spent weeks in the Holy City of Benares, from which he did some major paintings.

Going back to Seattle, he became a student at Puget Sound Art League in Bellevue until it closed and then began working with another Seattle artist for life drawing lessons. He moved to an area several blocks from where he was raised and lived there with his wife and several cats and dogs.

His subject matter is diverse ranging from portraits to Biblical stories. In 1989, he was elected a member of the prestigious Northwest Rendezvous Group and from 1995, a member of the Artists of America. Painting from a studio with objects collected from around the world, he paints whatever seems right for that day, often working from a thumbnail sketch.

Source: "Southwest Art"
In 2003 Paul Mullally was awarded the Master Signature Member status from the Oil Painters of America.

Biography from Claggett/Rey Gallery:
Paul Mullally is constantly challenging himself by tackling a wide range of subject matter, which includes multi-figure compositions, still lifes, landscapes and marine art.

Residing in Seattle, Paul works from his studio in his home near Lake Washington.  His interest in art history and his extensive travels have played a significant role in the subjects that he chooses to paint.  People from around the world and the cultures they represent have always been an inspiration to him, as it is the colorful native dress of these people and the unique architectural styles of these far away places that captures his imagination.

As an example of his success in these various subject matters, Paul has exhibited with many high-profile invitational shows including the Denver Rotary, Artists of America show; the Western Rendezvous of Art, in Helena, Montana; the Great American Artists, in Cincinnati, Ohio; the Masters of the American West, at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California; and the Salon d'Arts in Denver, Colorado.

Paul earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Seattle University, in Seattle, Washington, and later studied at the Art Students League and the Salmagundi Club in New York.  Paul also spent two years painting at the Palette and Chisel Club in Chicago, Illinois, where he became friends with Richard Schmid, an artist who has influenced both his work and his ideas about the meaning of art.

Mullally emphasizes, "Each artist defines himself or herself by his or her personal passions and interests, and each artist should strive to remain true to his or her own vision."

In 2004, Paul was awarded the "Shirl Smithson Founders Award for Master Signature Members," an award of merit from the Oil Painters Of America for his painting, "Silent Reflections."  This same year, at the Western Rendezvous of Art, Paul was honored with the "Ben Stahl Award" for "Best of Show" for his grouping of paintings, and he was also awarded a separate "Award of Excellence" for his painting titled, "La Tarahumara."  Paul received an "Award of Excellence" at the Northwest Rendezvous 2005 for his painting, "Madonna Angelica."

2006 has proven to be a successful year for Paul as well.  He was included in the American Art Museum at the Smithsonian Institution and now has a vertical file dedicated to his work.  The Smithsonian's website is  At the 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Oil Painters of America, Paul was awarded the "Award of Excellence" for Master Signature Members for his painting, "Muse in Blue."

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
When Seattle, Washington artist Paul Mullally was a boy, his drawings revealed not only promise but also a glimpse at the man he would become. Among these early works are sketches of two vastly different subjects, one of Auguste Rodin's sculpture, "The Thinker", and another of a slalom skier. "The Thinker isn't half bad," Mullally muses about his seventh-grade talents. "I've always loved the costumes and colors of exotic cultures," Mullally says. "That's the draw for me. Traveling to faraway places is an experience that is 180 degrees different from my everyday life."

He has trekked up mountains in Nepal, rowed down the Ganges River in India, and slept under the stars in remote villages in Afghanistan. Wanderlust has also lured him to Greece, Thailand, Malaysia, Iran, Libya and Vietnam. Whenever he goes, he packs a box of oil paints. But no matter how far he wonders he always returns to Seattle, where his roots are deep and his art flourishes in the solace of his studio.

At 54, he is an accomplished painter who has accumulated many awards and accolades. In 1989 he was chosen as a member of the prestigious Northwest Rendezvous group, and he won its Merit Award in 1989 and 1990 and an Award of Excellence as well as the John Scott People's choice award in 1994. He also received and Artists' Choice Merit Award and the John Scott people's Choice Award in its 2000 show. Trailside Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming/Scottsdale, Arizona; Washington; and Nicholas Fine Art, Billings, Montana represent his work.

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