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The Mullin Automotive Museum Celebrates California Artists

  • OXNARD, California
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  • May 26, 2016

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Hank Pitcher
Mullin Automotive Museum, installation view

The Mullin Automotive Museum has debuted a new fine art exhibit California Artists, which opened with its new Cars and Carriages exhibition on April 9th, 2016, and will run through the end of the year. The art show displays a diverse collection of paintings and photography by a variety of California artists from the past half century.

Many of the artists featured in California Artists have exhibited at institutions throughout the country, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles. The show will feature works from Bruce Cohen, Sigrid Burton, Larry Cohen, Ben Abril, Peter Lodato, Dennis Leon, Hank Pitcher, Laddie John Dill, Charles Arnoldi, Jack Shultz, William Dorsey, Bruce Bomberger, Theodore Waddell, Art Reid, Harold Cleworth and Ansel Adams.

“California is an incredibly diverse state with a nearly infinite number of landscapes and vistas, each more beautiful than the last,” said Museum Founder Peter Mullin. “This great natural beauty has influenced an almost equally infinite number of Californian artists to create truly beautiful works of art. We’re pleased to be able to display some of this incredible art, much of it having never been exhibited together before. We’re truly looking forward to the chance to expose people to these spectacular artists and their unique vision.”

The collection of artwork was previously displayed at Engine Company No. 28, an historic landmark firehouse in downtown Los Angeles that served as the headquarters for museum founder Peter Mullin’s firm, Mullin Consulting, from 1987 to 2006.

The themes and images of these works range but one place ties them together—the Golden State. Capturing California’s energy and vivacity leads to abstract, realistic and symbolic reflections on life all across the state. Whether the artists were working from the state, called it home or were inspired by it, appreciating the beauty of California art is universal.

The show represents a rare chance to see these artists work all in one space. It also tells a story that will offer spectators a unique perspective on what makes California’s artists so different and special. Set against the incredible backdrop that is the Mullin, it promises to be an unforgettable experience.

For more information on the California Artists exhibition or the Mullin Automotive Museum, please visit please visit or call 805.385.5400.

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