1947 – 2011
Born in Norfolk, Virginia
Lived and worked in New York City
Stephen Mueller had the good fortune to study painting at Bennington at a serendipitous time. His instructor was Philip Wofford. Artists Jules Olitski and Larry Poons would visit, as would the legendary art critic Clement Greenberg. Painter Kenneth Noland’s studio was nearby where this group would congregate. Mueller listened to one bit of advice from Clement Greenberg: “Don’t let anybody tell you what to do” and his mature body of work is a testament to just that. Mueller’s masterful painting style combined with his personal investigations into the world of Eastern philosophy has a distinctive tone. Mixing abstraction, patterning, and shapes that allude to mandalas or Buddhas, Mueller’s canvases are brilliantly colored meditative screens where viewers can bask in their glow.
Stephen Mueller earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas, Austin in 1969 and his MFA from Bennington College in 1971. His work was shown in numerous exhibitions across the United States and Europe. Mueller’s paintings are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum; Denver Art Museum; Portland Art Museum; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.