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Daniel Mullen

Amsterdam based abstract architectural painter, Daniel Mullen, was born in Glasgow, Scotland 1985. He graduated in 2011 with a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Mullen has exhibited internationally; London, Vancouver, New York and most recently had his first museum show in Berlin. His work has also been acquired by notable private and corporate collections.

Daniel Mullen

Amsterdam based abstract architectural painter, Daniel Mullen, was born in Glasgow, Scotland 1985. He graduated in 2011 with a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Mullen has exhibited internationally; London, Vancouver, New York and most recently had his first museum show in Berlin. His work has also been acquired by notable private and corporate collections.

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By applying paint with paper tape to raw canvas, Mullen manages to create layered images, constantly pushing the boundaries of perception. Interested in the concept of ‘monoliths’ and architectural representations of authority and legitimacy, Mullen has long been busy with the visual power and intensity of depth and light when engaged with a flat surface. Juxtaposing the physicality of his work with the suggestion of space, Mullen creates a complex affect that manages to suggest the incarnation of something grand and vast yet also perhaps just that; a suggestion and not a reality. An illusion, and not the truth. As a devoted craftsman who meticulously creates all of his work without digital or mechanical aids, he still manages to create the impression of reproducibility, which is precisely what he seeks to highlight in an era of mass consumption. Additionally, it is the posturing of power and success that Mullen is especially interested in. How does an image in the digital age gain or lose its impact as it travels through the online world?

“Collaborative Acrylic Paintings That Aim to Visually Map the Perceptual Experiences of Synesthesia “

by KATE SIERZPUTOWSKI thisiscolossal.com

American artist and filmmaker Lucy Engelman has a far different experience of the world than most. Engelman has a phenomenon called Synesthesia, which crosses her perceptual pathways to allow her to taste colors, smell sounds, and even experience verbal data as a spectrum of vibrant colors. Engelman’s husband, Scottish painter Daniel Mullen, decided to translate her complex sensory world in a way that might be easier to understand for those of us who don’t see days and numbers as pockets of color.

The collaboration exists as a set of paintings titled “A Different Kind of Time: Sequencing Spatial Temporal Synesthesia”. The works each contain a sequence of flat rectangular shapes arranged in a variety of arches and lines. The angle of the shapes is switched in each work, some aligned with only one side facing the audience, while others seem to project right through the canvas or retreat back into the painting’s rotated plane. Engelman explains the works are the closest visual approximation to what she experiences, especially in relation to her mind’s translation of letters, numbers, and time.

Exhibition List (selection)

Solo/Duo Exhibitions:
2018 Architects of Illusion, Jin Eui Kim and Daniel Mullen at Lisa Norris Gallery, London, 8th Nov-15th Dec
2018 In Search of Higher Wolds, PRIVATEVIEW Gallery Turin, IT.
2018 A Different Kind of Time, the Collaborative Synesthesia Project, Uprise art NY
2017 False Empire, Appels Gallery, Amsterdam
2016 Future Monuments,  Anise Gallery, London
2015 Space time and architecture Franck Gribling and Daniel Mullen exhibition at Cityscapes Foundation, Amsterdam.
2013 Intersecting Perspectives Daniel Mullen & Harm van den Berg Galerie Brandt Amsterdam

Group Exhibitions:
2018
“Who’s afraid of red, yellow and neon SBK”, Gallery 1, Amsterdam
“Kwer No4”,  Kanyakage project space, Berlin
Transform” with 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.
Space, Time & Architecture”,  Cityscapes Foundation, Amsterdam.
Summer Show”,  Francis Boeske Projects and Nieuwe Dakota, Amsterdam.
Spring Propositions”, SBK , Amsterdam.
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, Sanquin, Amsterdam.
Group Exhibition:      New Energies, Cityscapes Foundation, Amsterdam.
Group Exhibition:      Gallery Lokaal WV15, Amsterdam.
2015
Group Exhibition:     New-scapes, City Scapes Gallery, Amsterdam.
Group Exhibition:    “Summer in the City II,”  City Scapes Gallery, Amsterdam.
2014
Group Exhibition:     The Royal Prize for Painting, Palais Amsterdam, Amsterdam. .
2013
Group Exhibition:       2×2 Exhibition Fundraiser, ESKFF at Mana Contemporary, New Jersey.
                                     ART FAIRS
2018                            Solo Booth SP-ARTE,  with Privateview Gallery, Sao Paulo,  (11th-15th April)
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.
                                    AWARDS
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 for the TV Program, The 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.
Education
2006 – 2011                BFA  Fine Art Gerrit Rietveld Academie  2011, Amsterdam.

                                    GEUST TEACHING
2016                            Academy for Fine Arts Nunspeet, Netherlands
2016                            Project: Creativity and Metamorphosis New York
2015                              Project: Creativity and Metamorphosis New York)
2010                            Basic Year Gerrit Rietveld Academie
2009                            Basic Year Gerrit Rietveld Academie
2008                            Project, Havo, Op de Thorbecke School in Zwolle
2007                            Project: Students,Havo, Vmbo, De RSG N.O.-Veluwe, Epe.

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