Mustafa Hulusi
British, born 1971
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Selected exhibitions
Mustafa Hulusi - Negative Ecstasy,
Propagating ambient spirit,
The Page Gallery
Mustafa Hulusi: Recollections of Underdevelopment,
Meliksetian | Briggs

Mustafa Hulusi mines his hybrid identity—he was born in London to Turkish Cypriot parents—to create his evocative paintings, installations, films, and photographs. By combining diverse artistic styles and references to pop culture, advertising, and Middle Eastern and Western history in his works, Hulusi investigates how different visual “languages” shape our perception. In a series that includes Abstract Rose 5 (L) (2010), for example, he couples photorealistic paintings of flowers with Op Art abstractions, investigating the traditional conflation of abstraction and representation in Islamic art and questioning how this combination of styles affects viewers. Hulusi often raises questions about the role of institutions in the art world; he established his reputation with “guerilla” campaigns in which he plastered London neighborhoods with leaflets, posters, and original large-scale works.

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