James Cohan Gallery announced today that it will now be representing the estate of the postwar abstract artist Lee Mullican. Mullican is best known for his abstract style, which departed from his Abstract Expressionist painters on the East Coast because he drew inspiration from Zen Buddhism and other non-Western sources. His oeuvre is comprised of bronze, ceramic, and wood sculpture, as well as photography and computer-generated art, which Mullican became interested in during his tenure at the University of California Los Angeles.
Mullican’s artistic career took off when he met Gordon Onslow Ford and Surrealist painter Wolfgang Paalen. The three formed the Dynaton Group, with their first exhibition taking place at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1951. Mullican developed a meditative painting technique that he called “striation,” which involved the application of textured lines of paint to the canvas using the thin edge of a printer’s knife. His influences are wide-ranging, spanning everything from topography to Native American textiles.