John Joseph Mulligan born in South Boston, MA 1966. Educated at
Brockton High School and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in
Painting from Southeastern Massachusetts University, N. Dartmouth,
Mulligan describes his artwork as “Postcards from different places
that I have been lucky enough to visit.” Viewers of Jay’s artwork
enjoy his loose painting style, unique views of familiar subjects and
especially his brilliant use of color. Jay works mostly from
photographs that he has taken from his many journeys. Mulligan’s
process, “I compose my paintings based upon interesting views then
I vigorously paint the canvas taking advantage of strong light,
shadows and the injection of color to energize my paintings and make
them come alive.”
Aside from being an accomplished artist, Jay holds the honor of
being the first winner of the “Win Your Own Pub in Ireland” contest
sponsored by Guinness. In addition to his publican duties at Connie
Doolan’s Pub in Cobh, Co. Cork and as international spokesman for
Guinness, Jay managed to do quite a bit of traveling while in Ireland.
The sights he saw and the people that he met during his time abroad-
inspired Mulligan. Over the past decade he has created numerous
original acrylic paintings and prints of the landscapes, people and pub
scenes. His bold, vivid, unique style is well suited to capture the
vibrant color and spirit of Ireland.
Mulligan has had several one-man exhibitions in Boston Art Galleries,
Coffee Shops and also Pubs. Jay’s paintings and prints are held in
private collections and pubs throughout the United States, Ireland and
Europe. Mulligan continues to paint from his Quincy home/studio and
is also writing a book about his escapades of winning a Guinness
Pub and gallivanting around Ireland.
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