OUT Magazine (New Zealand), Mark Mulleian An Artist at work
The day that nature is
proven a fool is the day that intellectual endowment becomes obsolete to our undeserving sensibilities.
By Mulleian
OUT Magazine (New Zealand) 1979
It is not often that a single individual can stir up such controversy, not only in challenging the art establishment but also in regards to his views on homosexuality. As an already established artist in the U.S. since 1969, his political views and his strong antinuclear, environmental, and gay rights positions helped open the doors in both the gay and straight cultures. By bridging the gap between the homosexual and heterosexual communites, Mulleian has helped to promote tolerance and understanding through his work and through the media for over forty years on a national and international scale.
In January 1973, The Advocate (a national political gay newspaper, the biggest of its kind in the U.S.) published one of the biggest feature stories on an individual of its day. Written by freelance writer Brian Jennings, the article drew national attention and generated fan mail throughout the U.S. The cover story was two full pages dedicated to Mulleian's art and lifestyle, and his controversial perspective relating to human rights and individual sexual expression. It was in the area of homosexual expression that Mulleian's outspoken views drew the attention of the FBI to the front door of the artist's studio in an investigation into his controversial and challenging commentary on aspects of fundamental social values during the Nixon era and shortly after J. Edgar Hoover’s death in 1972. All this took place while the homosexual culture in the United States was still underground.
Despite the artist's outspoken observations of the national scene, his media attention continued to climb for over four decades. This attention came not only from mainstream media but also from the media of a newly emerging counterculture that was finding its voice in what would later come to be thought of as a bridge between the radical sensibilities of North Beach, (radical as perceived by the status quo), and the dawning of a new age of personal expression and sexual freedom of the 70s. He was thought by many to be ahead of his time. Mulleian's art and his avant-garde views created a unique relationship with the media of two cultures, a relationship that was not only unprecedented but, indirectly, a testimony to the universality of his work.
Two weeks after the Advocate story broke, a similar two-page cover feature would appear in the European equivalent of the Advocate, the German magazine Him, a monthly periodical reaching a wide audience in Belgium, Denmark, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the United States. Mulleian was twenty-three years old.
Today Mulleian continues raising public consciousness on nuclear and environmental devastation through his powerful paintings and his comments and controversial views relating to the intricate ecologically assembled safeguards provided by nature. His unique perspective on the homosexual and bisexual community’s role in the Human Population Equation has aired on Free Speech TV, the Direct TV network and on approximately 183 national cable networks since 2004.