Jim Mullen
James at the 2237 Gallery, Roseville, Califonia, February 2010

Artist statement:

These new "Nail Fetish" pieces and "Abstract Assemblage" pieces are an exploration in renewal and redemption, in second chances and rebirth, in recycling cast-off items into fresh works of art. The influence of the "Outsider" school of art is evident in these works, with their combination of primitive and compulsive elements.

He's fully embraced the art of assemblage, where form is suggested, directed, even dictated, by the objects at hand. His palette is the boxes and shelves of metal and wood cast-offs that he's collected over the years.

These pieces are a celebration of spontaneity, and of the nonsensical and irrational spirit of Dada. "I see them as a study in relationship and pattern, which the human eye is so adept at discerning. They are also a exploration of the power and spirituality that may inhabit objects, even objects assembled from the most common and ordinary of materials."

Resume:

James has been working regularly as a sculptor for nearly 20 years now, and has always worked in one medium or another, in watercolor painting, photography, furniture making, pottery, silver casting, clay sculpture, assemblage, etc.

In the last four years he's changed his concentration from exclusively clay sculpture to assemblage, with a focus on the abstract.

Personal information:

James is a native of Sacramento, California. While he's moved around a bit, home has been Nevada County since 1989.

He has had work accepted in over 27 juried shows in the last 10 years, and has placed in the awards numerous times at these shows. His work is found in private collections nationwide.

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EXHIBITIONS

2014
Oakwilde Ranch and Sculpture Show 2014 in Valley Springs, California
Tortured Logic - April 10-27, 2014 at the Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery
Catylyst at Pt. Reyes Station
Outside The Box 2014
2013
Layers at Transmission Gallery, 1 February - 16 March 2013
In Between Worlds Show
Transmission GalleryOakland CA
West Coast Biennial 2013Redding CA
Temporary Contemporary GallerySacramento, CA
Mowen Solinsky GalleryNevada City, CA
2012
2110 GallerySacramento, CA
Trunk GalleryVenice, CA
Fire and Rain GalleryFolsom, CA
Mowen Solinsky GalleryNevada City, CA
Oakwilde Ranch Spring ExhibitionValley Springs, CA
Bows & ArrowsSacramento, CA
California State Fair Fine ArtsSacramento, CA
Denim SpotSacramento, CA
Squingandoup.comVirtual Gallery
Russian River Art GalleryGuerneville, CA
Temporary Contemporary GallerySacramento, CA
Jagged Edges Show
Renegade Artist's Dream at Gallery 2110 in Sacramento, CA
2011
Trunk GalleryVenice, CA
The Modest Fly GalleryTujunga, CA
The Hive GalleryLos Angeles, CA
Temporary ContemporarySacramento, CA
ReduxPortland, Oregon
Blue Line GalleryRoseville, CA
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Mowen Solinsky GalleryNevada City, CA
4th Outside the Box ShowAuburn, CA
Solomon Dubnick GallerySacramento, CA
Fetish at Trunk Gallery in Los Angeles, CA
2010
California State Fair Fine ArtsSacramento, CA
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
3rd Outside the Box ShowAuburn, CA
Solomon Dubnick GallerySacramento, CA
2237 Gallery, 1 man showRoseville, CA
20th St. Art GallerySacramento, CA
"Mind Games" 3 man showAuburn, CA
2009
California State Fair Fine ArtsSacramento, CA
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
20th St. Art GallerySacramento, CA
Motherload NationalPlacerville, CA
Skinner HowardSacramento, CA
2008
California State Fair Fine ArtsSacramento, CA
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Skinner HowardSacramento, CA
Motherload NationalPlacerville, CA
2007
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Epperson GalleryCrockett, CA
Bold Expresions ShowCarmichael, CA
2006
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Epperson GalleryCrockett, CA
Mostly Clay GalleryNevada City, CA
2005
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Mother Load ShowPlacerville, CA
Mostly Clay GalleryNevada City, CA
2004
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
KVIE Art Auction ShowSacramento, CA
Mostly Clay GalleryNevada City, CA
2003
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Nevada County FairGrass Valley, CA
KVIE Art Auction ShowSacramento, CA
Mother Load ShowPlacerville, CA
Mostly Clay GalleryNevada City, CA
2002
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
KVIE Art Auction ShowSacramento, CA
State of the Arts ShowAuburn, CA
Mother Load ShowPlacerville, CA
Mostly Clay GalleryNevada City, CA
2001
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Mostly Clay GalleryNevada City, CA
2000
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
The Really Big Shoe ShowSt. Louis, Missouri
Magnum Opus ShowCarmichael, CA
Mother Load ShowPlacerville, CA
Elliot Fouts GalleryGranite Bay, CA
Mostly Clay GalleryNevada City, CA
1999
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Mother Load National ShowPlacerville, CA
Alta California GallerySonoma, CA
1998
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Blue Line GalleryRoseville, CA
Blue Line GalleryRoseville, CA
Blue Line GalleryRoseville, CA
Blue Line GalleryRoseville, CA
1997
California State Fair Fine ArtsSacramento, CA
Fire and Rain GalleryEl Dorado Hills, CA
Nevada County FairGrass Valley, CA
New Artworks GalleryFair Oaks, CA
Magnum Opus ShowCarmichael, CA
Bold Expressions ShowCarmichael, CA
22nd Open Show, Sac. BeeRoseville, CA
Timeless SculpturesKings Beach, CA
1996
Timeless SculpturesKings Beach, CA
1995
Alpha to Omega Miniatures ShowLincoln, CA