Artists Daniel Mullen

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Intervening Horizons, acrylic on canvas 160 x 100cm


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Daniel Mullen’s paintings concern both real and imagined architectural spaces which he explores through a visual language inspired these constructions. In his work, he seeks to represent that which is not there, the unseen. Using a raw linen canvas as a starting point, he creates layered images, playing with depth and light to explore both Western philosophical approaches to nothingness and Eastern thoughts on emptiness. He sees the plain canvas as the emptiness and the painted whole surface as the nothingness, filling the potential space between them with abstract architectural volumes and shapes. The angles of a shape or a plane are switched around, some seem to project outwards, others retreat. His palette is often influenced by memories or feelings and he cites Mondrian as a source of inspiration who has guided him through the process of abstracting physical architecture.

Daniel Mullen is based in Amsterdam but originally from Glasgow. He graduated in 2011 with a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. He has exhibited internationally including in London, Vancouver, New York, Miami, Sao Paulo and most recently with a museum show in Berlin. He was nominated for the Buning Brongers prize for painting in 2012, the Dutch Royal Prize for Painting in 2014, and most recently was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2017.