Stephen Mueller (1947-2011)

Stephen Mueller, Untitled (NYC, 2011), 2011, watercolor and gouache on paper, 12
Stephen Mueller, Untitled (NYC, 2011), 2011, watercolor and gouache on paper, 12 x 12 inches, Courtesy of Lennon, Weinberg (source:artcritical.com)

David Cohen remembers painter Stephen Mueller, who passed away on September 16, 2011 at the age of 63.

Cohen writes: "In his mature work – which was characterized by vibrant yet ingeniously modulated color choices and increment-free paint surfaces (or in the case of watercolor, ethereal yet sumptuous stain) – the imagery manages to be at once cosmic and decorative... he traded in a kind of tantric gaiety that could collapse the boundaries between kitsch and the sublime."