Mustafa Hulusi, ‘Abstract Rose (6B, S)’, 2010, Meliksetian | Briggs

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About Mustafa Hulusi

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.

British, b. 1971, London, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Group Shows

narrative projects, 
Wild Flowers (wildness is contextual!)

Fair History on Artsy

Other Criteria at Art Central 2017
Other Criteria at Art on Paper New York 2017
Max Wigram Gallery at The Armory Show 2014
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