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...
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.
EDUCATION: Daniel Mullen graduated in 2011 with a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
SELECTED SOLO/DUO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Colour Equation, March 30th - May 4th Curated by Ana Carolina Ralston at Emma Thomas Gallery, Soa Paulo, Brasil 2018 Architects of Illusion, Jin Eui Kim and Daniel Mullen, Lisa Norris Gallery, London 2018 In Search of Higher Wolds, Privateview Gallery, Turin, IT 2018 A Different Kind of Time, Collaborative Synesthesia Project, Uprise Art, New York 2017 False Empire, Appels Gallery, Amsterdam 2016 Future Monuments, Anise Gallery, London 2015 Space, Time and Architecture, Franck Gribling and Daniel Mullen, Cityscapes Foundation, Amsterdam 2013 Intersecting Perspectives, Harm Van Den Berg and Daniel Mullen, Galerie Brandt, Amsterdam
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS2019 Group Exhibition: Aesthetica Art Prize (shortlisted), upcoming exhibition at the York Art Gallery, England (8 March–14 July 2019) Group Exhibition: Ostrale Bienniale O19 Dresden, Germany (June 29th-Sep 27th) Group Exhibition: Dutch Abstract Colorists, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Massachusetts (7th-29th Sep) 2018 Group Exhibition: 22nd Dec- Jan 29, Winter Show, Elan Fine Art, Vancouver Group Exhibition: Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Neon? SBK, Gallery 1, Amsterdam Group Exhibition: Kwer No4, at Kanyakage Project Space, Berlin Group Exhibition: Transform, Alfa-Gallery, Miami 2017 Three Person Show: A World Away, Neil Fortune, Niek Peters & Daniel Mullen, Francis Boeske Projects, Amsterdam Three Person Show: Radiating Spaces, Curated by Pascal Johanssen, Direktorenhaus Museum, Berlin Group Exhibition: Space, Time & Architecture, Cityscapes Foundation, Amsterdam Group Exhibition: Summer Show, Francis Boeske Projects and Nieuwe Dakota, Amsterdam Group Exhibition: Spring Propositions, SBK , Amsterdam Group Exhibition: RHIZOOM-BWHS 2.0, Cityscapes Foundation, Burgerweeshuis, Amsterdam 2016 Group Exhibition: Art-link Canada, Vancouver Group Exhibition: Arti Et Amicitiae, Amsterdam Group Exhibition: Space Shapes Voyage, Cityscapes Foundation, Sanquine, Amsterdam Group Exhibition: New Energies, Cityscapes Foundation, Amsterdam Group Exhibition: Gallery Lokaal WV15, Amsterdam 2015 Group Exhibition: New-scapes, Cityscapes Gallery, Amsterdam Group Exhibition: "Summer in the City II," Cityscapes Gallery, Amsterdam 2014 Group Exhibition: The Royal Prize for Painting, Palais Amsterdam, Amsterdam 2013 Group Exhibition: 2x2 Exhibition Fundraiser, ESKFF at Mana Contemporary, New Jersey
ART FAIRS 2018 Solo Booth SP-ARTE, with Privateview Gallery, Sao Paulo 2017 KUNST RAI with Josilda Da Conceicao Gallery , Amsterdam 2016 KUNST RAI, with Gallery Lokaal WV15, Amsterdam 2015 THIS ART FAIR Roos van Dijk, Daniel Mullen, Amsterdam 2014 PAN, with Gallery Brandt, Amsterdam 2014 I AMSTERDAM YOU BERLIN, Galerie Brandt Berlin 2014 RAW, Gallery Brandt, Rotterdam 2013 KUNST RAI, with Galerie Brandt, Amsterdam
2019 Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2017 Winner, Public prize, Summer show Nieuw Dakota and Francis Boeske Projects Amsterdam 2016 Long-listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2014 Nominated for the Dutch Royal Prize for Painting 2012 Nominated for the Buning Brongers Prize for Painting 2012 Finalist, De Nieuwe Rembrandt
COLLECTIONS Corporate:AKZO NOBLE-Netherlands, HUGHES HUBBARD and REED LLp - Miami, EDISON INVESTMENT RESEARCH-London, SANQUINE BLOODBANK - Amsterdam, PACE ARCHITECTS-Kuwait Private of note: Eric Albada Jelgersma (Netherlands) Dirk Vanderschueren en Nicole Parmentier (Belgium) WKB Collection (United States) Collections in: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Poland, Philippines, Puerto Rico, United kingdom, United States.