Karl Mullen

Karl Mullen

Karl Mullen, born in Dublin, Ireland, lives in Massachusetts where he works in a studio in the cow stall of a nineteenth-century barn. He has developed his own distinctive approach to art making, utilizing walnut oil, raw powder pigment and a wax medium that coalesce into color-saturated, luminous images. Painting largely with his hands, Karl creates primitive, poetic figures that float on fields of color.

Karl’s ground of choice is artist-stock Arches paper, old book pages, sheet music, photographs and other ephemera that glow with the passage of time. Recently he has been experimenting with non-traditional materials such as wine, tea, salt, Indian spices, spit and ash, applied with bottles, knives and other kitchen utensils to give a draftsmanly quality to his work.

Mullen’s paintings reside in many private collections in the U.S. and Europe and in the permanent holdings of The Polk Museum, The Hurn Museum and Robert Morris College. They were also showcased in the PBS syndicated TV series Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations and are included frequently in art/design magazines such as Home Accents and Elle Décor.

Selected Works

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Child of Lir

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media
size: 27 x 35" framed
$1,200.- (KM480)

Meridian Gaze

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media
size: 22 1/4 x 30"
$675.- (KM483)

Cry of the Banshee

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media
size: 22 1/4 x 30"
$675.- (KM482)

Turmult

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media
size: 22 1/2 x 30"
$675.- (KM485)

The Blue King

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media
size: 22 1/4 x 30"
$675.- (KM478)

Changeling

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media
size: 22 1/4 x 30"
$675.- (KM479)

Robed King

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media
size: 22 1/2 x 30"
$675.- (KM484)

Island Duo

Pastel on Book Page
size: 7 x 9 1/4"- Framed
$275.- (KM476)

Mythology & Allegory

Ink, Watercolor & Pastel on book page
size: 8" x 11"- Framed
$285.- (KM470)

The Far West

Pastel on Book Page
size: 6 5/8" x 9 1/4"- Framed
$225.- (KM473)

Mollusk Duo

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media.
size: 16 1/8" x 20 1/8"
$325.- (KM433)

Wrapped

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media.
size: 24 1/2" x 32" - Framed
$975.- (KM422)

The Tempest

Watercolor & Pastels on book page
size: 8" x 10"- Framed
$200.- (KM468)

Sweeny's Cow

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media.
size: 38" x 50"
$900.- (KM20)

Hamlet

Watercolor & ink on book page
size: 6 1/4" x 8 3/4"- Framed
$225.- (KM459)

King and Blue Sky

Walnut oil soaked rag paper with powdered pigments & other media
size: 16" x 20"
$325.- (KM434)

The Crowd

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media.
size: 38 1/2" x 50"
$950.- (KM353)

Metamorphosis

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media
size: 16" x 20 1/2"
$325.- (KM435)

Blue

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media.
size: 22 3/4" x 30 1/4"
$650.- (KM350)

Jest

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media.
size: 9" x 11 7/8"
$200.- (KM475)

Checked

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media.
size: 22" x 30"
$650.- (KM410)

Le Bassin

Pastel on book page
size: 4 3/4" x 10 1/4"
$125.- (KM325)

Prisms

Arches Archival Paper infused with walnut oil, powdered pigments & other applied media.
size: 16 1/4 x 20 1/4"
$325.- (KM445)