Michael Mulvihill

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UNITED KINGDOM, 1973

Michael Mulvihill’s drawings are weighted with a sense of menace; his landscapes and urban scenes are all potential harbingers of threat, of disasters waiting to happen. The sense of foreboding is exacerbated by Mulvihill’s obsessive process: individual images are the result of heavily worked graphite pencil on cartridge paper, built up through repeated erasure and overdrawing. This successive rubbing out, inscribing into the surface of the paper itself, and the dull sheen of graphite all combine to create images that imply a world that, in the artist’s own words, is “in the process of dissolving”.