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The Bay Area Figurative Movement (1950s-1960s) was led by a group of artists in the San Francisco Bay Area who abandoned the nonobjectivity of the prevailing style of Abstract Expressionism in favor of a return to figuration. Artists include David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud. Color Field artists, such as Barnett Newman, developed an Americanbased abstract style during the 1940s through 1960s that was characterized by large areas of unmodulated color.

several months, I began adding sections to my paintings in a style influenced by the artists of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, like Richard Diebenkorn, whose paintings seemed shockingly real and semiabstract at the same time. I began using bolder paint strokes, altering the texture of paint, simplifying shapes and minimizing the information.” In seeking to capture the northern California light, Mulligan is mindful of how the Impressionists “painted the light” by applying thick layers of saturated color in a bright tonal range with broken brushstrokes to more closely mimic the experience of seeing. “I use color in an intuitive manner, but I’m also aware of the color relationships and try to use what I’ve learned about the effects of colors from the Color Field artists and the Fauves. I’ll intensify and alter the color of an object to capture an emotional response to that object. I’ve also been inspired by the

OPPOSITE: In River Shadows (acrylic on canvas, 20x24), Mulligan explored the early morning shadows and colors of the Sacramento River.

“I wanted to push the colors in The Rivercrossing (acrylic on canvas, 60x48) as far as I could, and still make them feel truthful,” says Mulligan. “I used dark shadows, intense light and colorful reflections to help construct this composition.” ABOVE:

Fauves (from the French for “wild beasts”) were avant-garde artists of the early 20th century whose work emphasized vivid and oftendiscordant color, simplified and unified forms, and painterly brushstrokes to evoke an emotional response in viewers rather than to simply describe a subject. Artists include Henri Matisse, André Derain, Raoul Dufy and Georges Braque.

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