Marlon Mullen bases his paintings on found photographic images mostly from lifestyle, news and contemporary art periodicals which the artist uses as a departure point for his subsequent work.
In the process of developing a painting Mullen’s original magazine pages usually become obscured, or literally abstracted, where an image is subsequently reduced to a graphic schema of interlocking colors and forms. Very similar to the beats created for hip hop, operating at the threshold between legibility and illegibility Mullen’s works lives within the multiple histories of 20th century modernism, while remaining highly personal.
Born in 1963 in Richmond, California, Marlon Mullen is autistic and does not speak. Mullen currently resides in Rodeo, California and creates his work at NIAD Art Center (in Richmond, California).