Mullany’s language of light

Special to the Rappahannock News
R.H. Ballard will exhibit new paintings by Thomas Mullany through May 2 and will hold an opening reception 4:30 to 7 this Saturday at the gallery to meet the Washington, Va.-based artist and enjoy his work. There will be light food and refreshments, and Amissville’s Narmada Vineyards will be pouring its wines for the event.

Orchard of Light, oil on panel, by Thomas Mullany.

Mullany, who has lived in Rappahannock County with his family for almost 15 years, has absorbed the visual cues of this beautiful landscape and translates those cues into his own vernacular; this exhibition focuses on those landscapes. All the works in this showing reflect his unique vision, yet sit within the context of American realism, using his extensive talent and control of the medium.

Mullany’s work continues to be rooted in an advanced understanding of paint and light reminiscent of a number of his historical mentors, including Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School and such 20th-century American masters as Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood.

“It never ceases to amaze me how Tom can consistently mine imagery that is both unique, varied and timeless and represent his ideas so fluently,” said the gallery’s Robert Ballard, who has been exhibiting Mullany’s work for the past seven years.

A graduate of the Corcoran School of Art, Mullany lives here with his wife, Kerrie (also a Corcoran graduate and accomplished artist), and two boys, Will and Sam. They have a thriving decorative arts business, Mullany Art Studios, and are sought-after throughout the region and the country for commissions, murals, sculpture and faux finishing.

Mullany has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. in numerous one-person shows in Washington, D.C., New York and Charlotte, N.C. He has received a wide range of public commissions, and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.
The show runs for three weeks only at R.H. Ballard Gallery, 307 Main St. in Washington. The gallery is open 10 to 6 daily. To schedule an appointment, please contact Robert Ballard at 540-675-1411.

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