""Media Dia""   Lot no. 569

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By James McMullan (1934 - )

9.00" x 9.00"
Watercolor on Paper
Signed Lower Right

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Story Illustration South American scenes.

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  James McMullan comes from a missionary family and was born in Tsingtao, China. His boyhood was divided between China, India, and Canada, followed by a service in the U. S. Army. He graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and began an art career that has been marked by great diversity of clientele and use, but consistent in the intensity of his artistic outlook.

   Among his activities has been work for TV animation, record jackets, posters, book covers, magazines, and advertisements. McMullan was associated with the Push Pin Studios from 1965 to 1968 and has since formed his own organization, Visible Studio, Inc. He has designed a number of theatrical posters for Alexander H. Cohen and in conjunction with Robert Blechman created an animated Christmas film for Public Television in 1977.

   McMullan has also been director and vice-president of the AIGA and was one of the founders of the Illustrators Guild. A member of the Society of Illustrators, he received their Gold and Silver Medals in 1981 and their Hamilton King Award in 1988. In 1998, he received the Herschel Levit Award for lifetime achievement from Pratt Institute. A book of his work, Revealing Illustrations, was published in 1981 by Watson-Guptill.

   In 1990, McMullan completed a sixty-foot mural, “Rehearsal Chairs” at the Vivian Beaumont and Mitzi Newhouse Theaters at Lincoln Center, and in 1995, he was given the Joan Cullman Award for his creative contribution to Lincoln Center Theater.