Category Archives: art

New Gallery

I am thrilled to announce that I will now be represented by CIRCA Gallery in Minneapolis. I have been a big fan of CIRCA for over 20 years, as they’ve consistently shown such strong contemporary abstract work. It is especially satisfying to circle back to connections with my first home. There is much gratitude to go around for this!

This is one of 15 works that are now available through them:

Sonorous, Ahavani Mullen, Oil, cold wax, graphite, 30 x 30"

Sonorous, Ahavani Mullen, Oil, cold wax, graphite, 30 x 30″

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Encaustic Workshops for 2016

Warmly wishing you all a very happy new year!

Encaustic palette

Encaustic palette, Ahavani Mullen


I am very pleased to announce a new series of workshops for 2016:

  • In February we will have a weekend intro workshop for all those who are beginners to encaustic
  • March brings a workshop where we will explore the use of organic mixed media with our encaustic work
  • In April we’ll have an all-encompassing advanced workshop
  • And September brings a workshop exploring ways to create atmospheric landscapes in encaustic
  • Private sessions are also an option for those who need it at a time convenient to you

I look forward to sharing the studio with you!


Exhibition Catalogue

I am thrilled to share a new catalogue of work from my recent solo exhibition, Here and Now, which has just been published. This publication includes images of artwork from the exhibition, installation shots, and a description of the show. Enjoy!


         Here and Now Solo Exhibition Catalogue        


                 Art Exhibition Catalogs:                Here and Now Solo Exhibition Catalogue      


     An exhibition catalogue of a solo show by Ahavani Mullen. Includes artwork images, installation shots and a description of the exhibition.    


             Find out more on MagCloud          

Annual Open Studio

East Garfield Park studio, 2015


My one and only open studio of the year is this weekend, Sat. and Sun. Oct. 24-25, 12-6pm. Do stop by if you’re in Chicago this weekend!


This building has 50 or so artists, and all the other buildings along Carroll in East Garfield Park are open this weekend too, so lots to see! 

West Carroll Art Studios

3200 W. Carroll, Chicago, IL 60624

I am in studio #214B, on the second floor. Keep left as you enter this floor and I’m at the end of the hall.

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Solo Exhibition

Solo Exhibition at South Suburban College

I am delighted to share that about 30 of my newest works are now on view in a solo exhibition, Here and Now, at the

Lee Dulgar Gallery at South Suburban College

Please join me for a lunchtime reception and talk

Monday, Sept. 14, 11:30-1pm

The exhibition runs through October 9. 
Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, but the gallery is also open by appointment. Just let me know if you’d like to plan a visit at another time.


South Suburban College
15800 S. State St.
South Holland, IL 60473

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Elements of Light

Elements of Light

Elements of Light

An exhibition of encaustic paintings by Ahavani Mullen and Kari Hall

Brickton Art Center
July 14 – August 8, 2015
Artist Reception: Friday July 17, 6 – 9pm
306 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068

I am thrilled to share my newest body of work with you at the Brickton Art Center, in my two-person show with fellow artist Kari Hall, who also works in encaustic paint. Both of us explore light in our work, and the ways that it can be revealed in both its seen and unseen forms.

Please join us for a reception this Friday, July 17 from 6-9pm!

Facebook event page

Brickton Art Center
306 Busse Hwy.
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm
Fri 9am-4pm
Sat 10am-2pm
Sun Closed

Directions to the gallery

And a sneak peek at a piece in the show:

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In Silence (detail), Encaustic + oil on panel, 24 x 30″, 2015

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Here and Now

Dear Friends-

I wanted you to share with you a project I’ve been working on…I was invited to install a solo show in September, and I’m embarking on a campaign to raise the funds to present this show. I’m hoping to reach 1/3 of my final goal soon to receive matching funds from 3Arts.

Any support you can lend to the project is SO appreciated!

Our Meeting Place, detail, Encaustic + mixed media, 2014

Our Meeting Place, detail, Encaustic + mixed media, 2014

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Show at Chicago Art Source



Chicago Art Source

Chicago Art Source

I am truly happy to announce that 9 of my newest works will be on view at my new gallery:

Chicago Art Source Gallery


New Works by Gallery Artists

The show also features work by Donna Cameron, Krista Harris, Gary Paller, Mark Phillips, Lisa Ridgers & Mary Rousseaux.

I hope you find time to stop in to see the show in their gorgeous space, starting today through April 4.


Chicago Art Source Gallery
1871 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614

Mon-Fri 10-6pm
Sat 10-5pm
and by appointment

Free parking available

New Workshops for 2015

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Upon returning from a most uplifting hiking trip and art retreat in Montana recently, I am very happy to announce a new series of workshops for the year ahead. These new workshops will give us time to dive deep into encaustic painting for all those new to it, and will share lots of new techniques with those who are already familiar with it. The new workshop page is on my website, over at:

I look forward to sharing the studio with you!

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Blog Hop! Q + A

I was recently invited by artist Alicia Forestall-Boehm to participate in an ongoing series of brief questions and answers for artists about their work and their process.  Here goes!


Ahavani Mullen

Ahavani Mullen

What are you working on?

I am currently working on a new series of work on a larger scale, which will incorporate new media with encaustic. These panels will range in sizes from 36 x 36” to 48 x 60” for an exhibition at Chicago Art Source Gallery in January. I am also preparing for two more exhibitions next year: One is a two-person show with Kari Hall at Brickton Art Center in June 2015. We are exploring the common ground that we have in our art making processes. The second is a solo exhibition in the Dulgar Gallery at South Suburban College. I am also very much looking forward to spending some quality time with Shawna Moore in her Montana studio this October for an advanced encaustic teacher training week.

Why do you do what you do?

Everyone has that one thing they love and they give all their attention to. For me this is art. Making art is something I have always done and I cannot remember it not being part of my life. If there is anything in the outer world that I feel intimately connected with, it is art. We have always known each other.

It is also a practice which is healthy and nourishing for my own spirituality. It constantly nudges me to grow and to cultivate silence as I work. I love how this practice makes the artistic process feel so significant, how the final work of art has this possibility of containing something luminous.

How does your art making process work?

After getting set up to paint, my first task when beginning a new piece is to meditate, to become completely silent and embrace stillness, allowing the work to evolve from that space. This extends from the work’s germination as a seed, through its progression to a fully blossomed piece. From that point on, outwardly, it is about combinations of color, the layering of encaustic paint- adding and subtracting it, and the fire of the butane torch. Ultimately, the imagery I create is intended to be experiential, using color as a vehicle for a moment of contemplation.


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Now about Alicia Forestall-Boehm, who invited me to answer these questions:

When it comes to making art, Alicia has a special way of working with her materials. She transforms unexpected media like wax, wire and cheesecloth into forms that fascinate me because they leave me with all kinds of questions about what I’m actually seeing. Her works are full of delightful contradictions – how can a single object be both soft and hard, lightweight and heavy, delicate and sturdy? I have no idea but I love it.

Personally, as an artist-friend, Alicia has been extremely encouraging and supportive. She is also one of the pillars of the FUSEDChicago community, of which we are both members.

Alicia’s thoughts about her work:

Alicia Forestall-Boehm

Alicia Forestall-Boehm

My encaustic and fiber sculptures reduce larger images and concepts into elegant simplified forms.  By paring down basic elements of color, shape and movement I am able to acknowledge another kind of space.  Ultimately they become symbols of incompleteness that come together in works of art that are complete and whole.  My work elevates the humble cheesecloth.  When married with encaustic it becomes surprisingly malleable allowing for a broad range of sculptural treatments.  The resulting works are abstract representations of urban history that often explores the physical and mental boundaries of public and private spaces we inhabit.  I am currently working on an encaustic and fiber sculptural installation for a solo show at Art on Armitage in Chicago December 2014.”



One of the fun parts of this project was to highlight the work of three other artists whose work I deeply admire.  Now I’d like to ask them to answer the same questions in their blogs next week. The three women I chose create two-dimensional work in oil, encaustic and mixed media:


1. Amy Van Winkle

Amy Van Winkle is an artist from the Chicago area who works primarily with encaustic. What I love most about her abstract work is found in the tiny details, which can only be fully appreciated in person. Her paintings are lush with color and beautifully minimal, but contain tiny details that enchant me. Amy has been a great, supportive friend, and it is a pleasure to share her work here. In Amy’s own words:

Amy Van Winkle

Amy Van Winkle

It’s simple; I create art because it makes me happy. My paintings aren’t complicated, but yet they’re full of memories and emotions. My art begins intuitively. My inspiration comes from retrospection, song lyrics, a quote, a color and, of course, the sweet little moments of everyday life.




2. Casey Matthews

Casey Matthews creates large scale mixed media paintings that I absolutely adore. Her use of color is spectacular, and her works give the sense that they have effortlessly fallen there on the canvas, though I know that is certainly not the case, and actually quite difficult to achieve. About Casey:

Casey Matthews

Casey Matthews

Casey Matthews creates rich paintings with multi-media surfaces that are both visually intriguing, and full of energy; incorporating expressive color, movement, and strong elements of design.  The work combines emotional content, observation, technique, exploration, and reinvention. It is a form of vague communication and contradiction in an attempt to achieve balance and beauty. This award-winning artist attracts collectors throughout worldwide, and works from her studio on Amelia Island, Florida.



3. Liz Tuckwell 

Liz Tuckwell is an artist and friend who paints primarily in oil and shares gallery wall space with me at Sacred Art in Chicago. Her works are able to be both bold and subtle simultaneously, and emanate sublime points of light throughout. About Liz:

Liz Tuckwell

Liz Tuckwell

Liz Tuckwell is a painter currently living in Chicago, Illinois. She states, “ I truly began my painting career while living in Amsterdam with little more than cheap oil paints from a local Dutch market, a potato knife and paper.  Later, I discovered the use of brushes, I discovered the canvas and the story begins to write itself from there. My paintings are stories that burst forth from within me, often times telling me a story about myself. If we see art as an investigation into being, then my paintings are my investigation into my being; I paint what I feel, or rather what I am feeling comes through on each canvas.”

Many thanks to Amy, Casey and Liz for offering to share your work! Please check in with them next week to see the artists they are highlighting.

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