Mullane loved art since he was a youngster, and his parents encouraged him with instructional books on animal drawing. Eberhard received his first bird book from his grandparents at age five. He has been interested in and painting birds ever since.
In 1992, Mullane submitted what was his first serious attempt at painting wildlife, entitled Baby Jay, and incredibly, his painting was accepted into the prestigious “Birds in Art” exhibition at The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Displayed in the same exhibition were paintings by some of his artistic heroes. For Mullane, it was an overwhelming experience to have his own work shown alongside those of such legends.
A New York gallery began to show Mullane’s work, and when the first piece sold, the artist was called to pick up his check. Once he got to the gallery, he saw his painting hanging next to a Bateman and, in his excitement, forgot about the check. Mullane began accepting commissions in 1994, and today, more than a decade after first beginning to paint, he finds himself unable to keep up with collector demand for his work. Mullane’s fascinating compositions celebrate the harmony, rhythm and timelessness of nature. Abstract patterns of slow-growing lichens and mosses are juxtaposed against moments as fleeting as the flick of a squirrel’s tail. With each viewing of his intriguing paintings, something new and delightful awaits discovery within a mosaic of textures, reflections and shadows. The art of John Mullane reveals the wonder of the familiar.
The artist lives in the Bronx with his wife and two sons.
EDUCATION: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, NY, majoring in Illustration
As a youth, John Mullane intended to become a portrait artist, but instead pursued a career as a drummer. It was during this time that, by chance, he happened upon a book of Robert Bateman’s art. It inspired him and changed his life. In 1992, Mullane submitted what was his first serious attempt at painting wildlife, entitled Baby Jay, and incredibly, his painting was accepted into the prestigious Birds in Art exhibition at The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Displayed in the same exhibition were paintings by some of his artistic heroes, including Bateman and Carl Brenders.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Finalist in the Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition
Finalist in the ARC 2012/2013 International Salon Competition
Painting in Northlight Books’ Best of Acrylic Competition 2014
PRINT PUBLISHERS: Millpond Press
PUBLICATIONS FEATURING HIS WORK:
US Art, New Jersey Skylands Magazine, Leaders Magazine, Wildlife Art Magazine, The Best of Wildlife Art, Painting Fur & Feathers, Mill Pond Press
Masterpieces in Miniature Invitational Art Show 2007-2015
Birds in Art 1992, 2000, 2002
Wildlife the Artist View 1995
Featured Artist at the Richard James Gallery
The Maryland Waterfowl Festival.
Signature Member of The Society of Animal Artists