Art: Landscapes of the Mind

Los Angeles' Lee Mullican, 32, is a lanky (6 ft. 4 in.), transplanted Oklahoman with prematurely grey hair and a bird's-eye approach to art. His bright abstractions have a rarefied upper-air look, almost as if they were terrain studies done from 30,000 ft. There is good reason for this. Lee Mullican discovered his personal art style as a member of a topographical battalion in World War II— drawing operations maps from aerial photographs.

After a look at Mullican's current show, the first he has ever held in Los Angeles, the critics gave him hearty...

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