Johan Van Mullem | Origin | at Hus Gallery
LONDON - Hus Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new works from Johan Van Mullem’s latest series, Origin. The exhibition inaugurates Hus Gallery’s new location at 10 Hanover Street in London.
Johan Van Mullem’s painted works in ink on board are deeply personal creations that depict imagined portraits, figures, and characters from the artist’s subconscious. In his body of work, Van Mullem explores the evocative possibilities of ink, and its capacity for depth and meaning with an impressive sense of honesty and sincerity. Richly coloured pigments flow into and around each other, leaving ‘wisps of smoke’ in place of brush strokes, and bestowing the works with an anthropomorphic quality. The materials appear to be reacting and interacting with each other long after the artist’s brush has been removed. It is this combination of a unique approach to medium and an ‘unconscious’ method of painting that recasts Van Mullem’s ‘portraits’ as otherworldly apparitions. While these ‘figurative transmutations’ appear throughout Van Mullem’s oeuvre, it is only with Origin that we are finally presented with the most stripped-back version of his artistic vision.