Jill Mulleady
Advisory Perspective

Jill Mulleady

By Rory Mitchell| 20 November 2020

Jill Mulleady's first show at Gladstone Gallery recently opened in Brussels, firmly establishing her position within an elite group of young painters garnering institutional, critical, and commercial success.

Born in Uruguay in 1980, Mulleady now lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is represented by Freedman Fitzpatrick. In 2019, her paintings were included in Ralph Rugoff's impressive edition of the Venice Biennale, followed by a solo exhibition at the Swiss Institute in New York. The Hammer Museum have already added her work to their permanent collection, having included her in their 2020 edition of Made in L.A.

Jill Mulleady, The Realm of the Nerve (2020). Oil on linen. 50 x 60 cm. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery.

Mulleady stands out amidst the flock of young figurative painters currently on trend, perhaps due to her more measured career path and a rigorous approach to painting, as well as the presence of that mysterious and magical quality so often sought by artists.

Mulleady's paintings oscillate between complex, non-linear narratives and micro-cosmic details that harness metaphorical potency. While her painterly world is fantastical, it is very much connected to her daily life, often featuring friends or even herself alongside characters from her imagination.

Jill Mulleady, Gardens of the Blind (2020). Oil on linen. 168 x 200 cm. Exhibition view: Jill Mulleady, Decline & Glory, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (9 October–14 November 2020). Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery.

Narrative elements are gleaned from literature and art history, but these are interwoven with contemporary references, resulting in slippery, time-bending ensembles.

These atmospheric scenes are hugely affected by her use of colour, enveloping images with tones that move between natural and lurid; warm and cool, instantly manipulating our emotional interaction with the work.

At times violent and absurd, Mulleady's whimsical paintings invite us to question what is real or dreamt, opening up the possibility of alternate realities.—[O]

Main image: Jill Mulleady, 18 Rue Souveraine, 1050 (2020). Oil on linen. 168 x 277 cm. Diptych: 168 x 277 cm overall. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery

Latest in Ocula Advisory

Frank Bowling's Alchemical 
Paintings at Hauser & Wirth Advisory Perspective Frank Bowling's Alchemical Paintings at Hauser & Wirth 13 May 2021

Frank Bowling's major exhibition across Hauser & Wirth's galleries in London and New York follows the artist's recent survey at Tate Britain in 2019.

Fade out copy.
Read More
Juerg Judin
on Adrian Ghenie Advisory Perspective Juerg Judin on Adrian Ghenie 13 May 2021

Gallerist Juerg Judin reflects on 15 years of collaboration with celebrated Romanian painter Adrian Ghenie.

Fade out copy.
Read More
Luc Tuymans:
Light and Stillness Advisory Perspective Luc Tuymans: Light and Stillness 6 May 2021

Luc Tuymans discusses his latest paintings showing with Zeno X Gallery.

Fade out copy.
Read More


Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

Scan to follow Ocula on WeChat.