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George Mullen – Biography

George Mullen is a business owner and principal of StudioRevolution in downtown San Diego. He is an oil painting artist and writer, as well as a global leader in politically driven art – see his newly released Barbed America Art, his earlier September 11 Art, and his protest-inspired Terrorism Art. His primary work mediums include oil paint, barbwire, canvas, and the almighty pen and paper. Likewise, he specializes in developing long-term branding strategies for cities and nation-states, as exemplified by City of Life and Panama is Life. He is a native of San Diego and a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder. After spending considerable time in the Middle East doing archaeological work, he authored the book Peace in the Middle East. Since then, he has authored an array of published articles on world affairs, global finance, and local San Diego issues. Although political art is one of his main focuses, Mullen remains an independent-minded idea person and is not affiliated with any political party or political movement. (Photos of Mullen)

Mullen has been a dedicated member of Rotary International since 1988, was President of the San Diego Mission Valley Rotary Club in 1995-1996, and is currently an active member of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club.

To learn more about Mullen and the efforts he is leading, please SCROLL DOWN or SELECT from the following 13 categories:

City of Life | Panama Is Life | Financial Tsunami | Sunbreak Ranch | Barbed America | Author & Commentator | September 11 Art | Terrorism Art | Entertainment | San Diego Chargers | Hotelier Cabal | Balboa Park | Paintings Slideshow

City of Life

Mullen and a group of civic-minded citizens recently put forth a cutting-edge proposal for a new identifier for the city of San Diego known as the City of Life. The concept is coupled with a broad thematic public art campaign intended to make San Diego “sing” for the next 300 plus years.

Many prominent San Diegans (Endorsement Team) such as Malin Burnham, Toni Atkins, and Tom Sudberry believe this proposal to be a perfect fit for San Diego, and hopefully it will soon be formally embraced. Why the City of Life? provides a concise explanation.

San Diego City of Life

Please follow the City of Life on Instagram @CityofLife_SanDiego.

Airport Original

In the public art square, Mullen has proposed Life Unleashed San Diego Style – a 20-image rotating art proposal for San Diego International Airport.

Panama is Life

Mullen and Panamanian citizen Ester Araujo García de Paredes have jointly created a cutting-edge branding proposal for the Republic of Panama known as Panama is Life.
Panama is Life

Financial Tsunami

In the world of financial affairs, Mullen was one of the few vocal individuals at the peak of the markets to predict what became the 2007 – 2009 economic collapse, and subsequent Great Recession. In fact, he was the first to coin the term “Financial Tsunami” to describe the crisis he foresaw in the article “The Coming Financial Tsunami” published in 2005. This term took on a life of its own in 2008 when CNBC and Pimco bond-king Bill Gross began repeatedly using the term, followed by Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld publicly blaming the Lehman bankruptcy on the “Financial Tsunami”. Soon thereafter, the likes of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, real estate mogul Sam Zell, and the Chinese government were all using the term to describe the economic collapse. Though most laughed or called Mullen an alarmist when these articles were first published, by 2007 no one was laughing anymore.  Read for yourself:

Sunbreak Ranch

A Real Solution to San Diego’s Homeless Crisis

Mullen and long-time friend Brian Caster recently launched a major initiative to solve San Diego’s burgeoning homeless crisis. It was first introduced in their op-ed, Sunbreak Ranch Could Be San Diego’s Homeless Solution.

***Sunbreak Ranch was originally introduced under the temporary name of Camp Hope***

Barbed America

Mullen’s new Barbed America flag paintings are an artistic exploration of the multitude of “contrasts” and “inconsistencies” within America, especially those we are witnessing in this unique political era. The paintings are NOT anti-American or unpatriotic as some may inaccurately suggest. Rather, they are intended to inspire self-examination, self-critique, and a steadfast determination to make America better.

The paintings are best viewed slowly…one-at-a-time…while giving deep consideration to each painting’s unique caption. There are 16 distinct color themes…with multiple captioned versions of each. Please click here to view.

Author & Commentator

George Mullen was one of the few vocal individuals at the peak of the markets to predict what became the 2007 – 2009 economic collapse, and subsequent Great Recession. In fact, he was the first to coin the term “Financial Tsunami” to describe the crisis he foresaw in the article “The Coming Financial Tsunami” published in 2005. This term took on a life of its own in 2008 when CNBC and Pimco bond-king Bill Gross began repeatedly using the term, followed by Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld publicly blaming the Lehman bankruptcy on the“Financial Tsunami”. Soon thereafter, the likes of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, real estate mogul Sam Zell, and the Chinese government were all using the term to describe the economic collapse. Though most laughed or called Mullen an alarmist when these articles were first published, by 2007 no one was laughing anymore. Read for yourself:

Other noteworthy articles Mullen has authored include:

September 11 Art

Mullen worked and spent a great deal of time in the World Trade Center in New York City in the 1980’s and 1990’s, his employer at the time being headquartered there. As such, September 11 prompted a large body of art work from him. Mullen’s “American Scream” painting first appeared in ARTnews magazine in 2002. Click here to view the September 11 Art pages.

Mullen’s September 11 Art is also featured at the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City: Mullen Art @ 9/11 Memorial.

 

American Scream

Terrorism Art

Based on Mullen’s prolific September 11 Art from 2001, he has long been a leader in what is known as “Terrorism Art”.  With the renewed 2015 wave of terrorist attacks on western targets, he has launched two new art efforts entitled as Paris Terror Art and San Bernardino Terrorism Art.  Mullen is an admirer and frequent traveler to Paris, and San Bernardino is in his backyard.

Please follow Terrorism Art on Instagram @Terrorism_Art.

Paris Terror

SAN BERNARDINO BETRAYED (San Burnardino Pays The Price)

San Bernardino Betrayed

Entertainment

In the entertainment arena, projects of interest Mullen has been working on include his recently finished screenplay, Target Mona Lisa, as well as his concept for a reality-based TV show, American Bailout. On the musical front, Mullen was the rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the now defunct alternative rock band Dynamic Edge. For a sample of his songs, please visit his Song List.

San Diego Chargers

As a native San Diegan and lifelong Chargers fan, Mullen has been actively involved in efforts to keep the San Diego Chargers football team in San Diego. His latest proposal published in U-T San Diego (Could So Cal Chargers Be Answer For San Diego?) is attracting significant attention as a viable approach to save the Chargers “without” taxpayer money or a public vote.

Man Who Lost the Chargers

The Man Who Lost the Chargers?

Hotelier Cabal

Mullen is leading a community-inspired effort to eradicate the Hotelier Cabal that has been laying waste to San Diego’s civic landscape since November 2005. To read about the extensive damage the Cabal has inflicted, please visit HotelierCabal.com. Likewise, we invite you to follow Hotelier Cabal on Twitter @HotelierCabal.

HotelierCabal-Proudly-Bombing

Balboa Park

As a native San Diegan, Mullen has been a lifelong Balboa Park fan and activist. He has authored numerous published articles and proposals with respect to the park:

Paintings Slideshow

Mullen’s Artist Statement: “Artist statements, biographies, and awards are meaningless hyperbole. Either the art is compelling, or it is not.”