Nick Mullaly is an artist practicing and living across the unceded lands of the Kulin Nations (Melbourne). He specialises in oil painting and drawing, and completed a BFA Honours degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2018.
Mullaly’s collaged imagery draws on a library of forms and motifs, including butterflies, candles and embracing bodies. These objects, figures and elemental representations circulate and melt into one another, establishing meaning only to dissolve and reorient it. Vivid and kaleidoscopic use of colour add to this sense of fluidity. Mullaly’s practice is informed by queer approaches to ecology and to meaning making, which yields rhythmic links between subject matter. Juxtapositions abound - stillness and movement, interior and exterior, artifice and nature - revealing a queer ethic of becoming which embraces complex differences.