Artist, George Mueller, to exhibit his paintings at SCCC Art Gallery

Article Posted -- August 30, 2018

Select paintings by the artist, George Mueller, will be on display at Sussex County Community College’s Art Gallery (C Building) from September 7th through September 28th 2018. An Opening Reception will take place on Friday, September 7 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

The dozen or so paintings, by 89-year-old Mueller, reflect the past 17 years and a few of the many challenges he and his work have undergone since his early success with New York’s modern art scene of the 1940s. By the 1960s his work changed, identified as Abstract Geometric or “Hard Edged Painting.” It was during this time that he developed “Microtonal Color” a unique process that he created exclusively and used at times in combination with the large geometric shapes he ultimately became known for. Although his work is abstract, it often represents interiors, landscapes, or dream spaces. Soon to celebrate his 90th birthday, his craftsmanship is significant, it speaks strongly of the refinement and clarity with which he sees of his careful planning, to realize what he refers to as his “handprint,” as perfectly as he conceives it.

The exhibition at Sussex County Community College features canvases from the hard-edged, microtonal, and geometric periods as well as several paintings that are “painted drawings.” Mueller will be on hand to discuss his work in person during the opening reception at the college. The public, as always is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Guggenheim Fellow, George Mueller was born of German immigrant parents in Newark, N.J. in 1929 and studied architecture before leaving Cooper Union in his early twenties to join contemporaries like Robert Motherwell, Carmen Cicero, Franz Kline, and his mentor: John Ferren. By the time he was 25 years old, his work had been featured and collected in many international venues including the Brussels Biennale, the Whitney Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Chicago Museum. Represented by Borgenicht Gallery, he was written up in The New York Times, Esquire, and New Yorker Magazines.

Pictured: George Mueller poses with Dr. Julie McWilliams, professor and program coordinator of SCCC’s Fine Arts Department.