Stephen Mueller, Untitled (NYC, 2011), 2011, watercolor and gouache on paper, 12 x 12 inches, Courtesy of Lennon, Weinberg (source:artcritical.com)
David Cohen remembers painter Stephen Mueller, who passed away on September 16, 2011 at the age of 63.
Cohen writes: "In his mature work – which was characterized by vibrant yet ingeniously modulated color choices and increment-free paint surfaces (or in the case of watercolor, ethereal yet sumptuous stain) – the imagery manages to be at once cosmic and decorative... he traded in a kind of tantric gaiety that could collapse the boundaries between kitsch and the sublime."
Sultan writes: "The small works on paper, in their bright, almost wacky colors, and their translucent light, were joyful and meditative. I felt I was looking at a Western cousin to the brilliant Tantric paintings of India. The small paintings invite close, slow observation. Mueller approached each form with tender care, with a delicate precision that speaks of depth and attention rather than any kind of fussy obsessiveness. His control of his medium is exquisite: from flowing, subtle translucent shifts of hue, to careful opacities."
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