About the Artist
John Mulvany is an artist and art educator originally from Ireland who has been living and working in Austin for twenty years. He has taught art for twenty-five years is the studio art teacher at Headwaters School in Austin. He graduated from the College of Art, Design and Print in Dublin, Ireland with a fine art degree and also has a degree in art and design education from the Crawford College of Art in Cork, Ireland. In 2009, he was featured in the Texas Biennial and nominated as best artist by the Austin Visual Arts Association. Among the galleries where he has exhibited his work are grayDUCK gallery, The Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas Lutheran University, and Galleri Urbane in Marfa, TX.His most recent exhibitions were Secure the Perimeter at grayDUCK Gallery in 2019 and The Pattern Days, an online exhibition in 2020. His most recent exhibitions were "We Talk to Colors" at Cloud Tree Gallery and "Together Through Painting" at London Paint Club.
The meaning of “landscape” as it relates to painting has morphed in recent years from what might seem on the surface to be an archaic subject for artists into something much more vital and alive in the 21st century. Our relationship to the natural world is inexorably changing before our eyes. Where, in the not-so-distant past we may have had the perception of ourselves as somehow existing “outside” of nature, we now finally realize that we are now at the mercy of potentially catastrophic changes in the climate. With the recent threat of global pandemic, we may be becoming much more conscious of how we interact with our environment. Art in general and painting particularly invites us to consider and grapple with the facts of life and death on our planet in new and profound ways. My recent work engages with our relatively new state of waking up to the climate crisis. I am making paintings and drawings that blend images of contrasting seasons, topographies and geographically impossible ecosystems into a singular artworks.