DOUGLAS MULL

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Douglas Mull • Profile

Douglas Mull deftly achieves a tonal quality in his work that reflects the playful effects of shadow and light and the effects each causes upon its surroundings. An intimacy with this has captured Mull's attention throughout his life. Gifted with a natural talent, Douglas is able to express his sensitivity for composition, light and shadows in multiple mediums. Whether painting with the rich color of oil or the liquidity of watercolor, he is able to beautifully capture his favorite subjects, landscapes and still life compositions. 

To lessen his exposure to the corporate world and raise his children, Douglas returned to West Michigan where he began his illustration and graphic design business. As a pastime, he reacquainted himself with his love for painting. Douglas graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design where he majored in Fine Art and Illustration. During his college years he was awarded several illustration honors. Douglas draws from over 30 years of experience in advertising and graphic design, first working for the firm of “Semi-Original-Graphics”, located in Chicago, as an illustrator. He soon moved into advertising at Leo Burnett Advertising also in Chicago, where he was an art director on many high profile accounts. Douglas' fine art has been acquired by many private collectors and corporations including The Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Douglas Mull • Statement

In my paintings, I strive to involve the viewer emotionally with the subject matter. 

I am constantly aware of the subtleties of light, the shadows they cast, and the patterns that are created. Mother Nature is an extraordinary artist.
My eyes are continually sweeping the landscape; looking for a painting.  Sometimes you see a shape or a sensual long deeply hued shadow with color that has been absorbed by the sunlight that jumps out at you. You know it immediately . . . you feel it! 

I love capturing the essence of a moment, allowing the playful effects of shadow and light that reflect upon one another.


Douglas Mull • Biography

EDUCATION

1970-1973
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1969-1970
Grand Rapids Junior College, Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Look Out", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
   
"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Lookie Here", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
Manistee Performing Arts Center, Manistee, Michigan

“ArtPrize”, International Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Celebration”, First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1989-present
Owner/President, Rhombus Design Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1978-1989
Freelance Illustrator/Graphic Designer

1976-1978
Art Director, Tatham, Laird and Kudner, Chicago, Illinois

1974-1976
Art Director, Leo Burnett Advertising Agency, Chicago, Illinois

1973-1974
Illustrator, Semi-Original Graphics, Chicago, Illinois

COLLECTIONS

The Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and Spectrum Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan