Jill Mulleady

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

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]

Latest in Ocula Advisory

Leo Xu 
on
 Liu Ye Advisory Perspective Leo Xu on Liu Ye 20 November 2020

Leo Xu, senior director at David Zwirner Hong Kong, reflects on the market success of Chinese painter Liu Ye.

Fade out copy.
Read More
In Vienna
With
Erwin Wurm Advisory Perspective In Vienna With Erwin Wurm 20 November 2020

With his work on view as part of Vienna Art Week, Ocula Advisory checked in with Erwin Wurm to find out what he has been working on during the lockdown.

Fade out copy.
Read More
Shelby Jackson Curated Selection Shelby Jackson 20 November 2020

New York-based Shelby Jackson fits firmly into the category of artist's dealer. Jackson and his friend Paul Gondry first used their living room space at 15 Orient in Brooklyn to show their own work back in 2016. Then followed numerous exhibitions by friends of theirs, including Justine Neuberger, Mitchell Kehe, Ernst Yohji Jaeger, Tarwuk, and...

Fade out copy.
Read More

WeChat

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

Scan to follow Ocula on WeChat.
;