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Daniel Mullen

1985 Glasgow, United Kingdom

7 Works exhibited

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  • About the Artist
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  • Awards

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, Sao Paulo and recently had his first museum show in Berlin. His work has also been acquired by notable private and corporate collections. He was recently shortlisted for the Aesthetica art Prize.

By applying glazed layers in combination with hard-edge painted lines, Mullen creates layered images that figuratively communicate abstract concepts. When creating illusionistic forms he can, to some degree, illustrate an abstract idea or phenomenon, turning abstraction on its head. Driven by a sense that abstract art does not simply reproduce perceived outward reality but can be instead a transference of that which lies beyond our visual comprehension. It’s an artistic form -- if one follows Kandinsky's take -- that is the result of “an inner necessity”. 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.

Selected solo shows

2019 TITLE TBD, 28th of Sep - 4th Nov, Elan Fine Art, Vancouver, Canada
2019 SHIFTING PERCEPTIONS, 18th of May - 15th June Marian Cramer projects Amsterdam
2019 COLOUR EQUATION, March 30th - May 4th Curated by Ana Carolina Ralston at Kogan Amaro Gallery, Soa Paulo, Brasil

2018 N SEARCH OF HIGHER WORLDS, Privateview Gallery, Turin, Italy
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

Selected duo exhibitions

2018 ARCHITECTS OF ILLUSION, Jin Eui Kim and Daniel Mullen, Lisa Norris 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 exhibitions
Group Exhibition: ABSTRACT COLOURISTS, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Massachusetts US (7th-29th Sep)
Group Exhibition: OSTRALE BIENNIALE 019 , Dresden, Germany (July 3rd - Sep 27th)
Group Exhibition: DUSK TILL DAWN, The Flat-Massimo Carasi, Milan ITALY (23rd May - July 31st)
Group Exhibition: AESTHETICA ART PRIZE (shortlisted), Exhibition at the York Art Gallery, England runs until 14 July 2019

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
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
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
Group Exhibition:     New-scapes, Cityscapes Gallery, Amsterdam
Group Exhibition:    "Summer in the City II,"  Cityscapes Gallery, Amsterdam
Group Exhibition:     The Royal Prize for Painting, Palais Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Group Exhibition:       2x2 Exhibition Fundraiser, ESKFF at Mana Contemporary, New Jersey

2019 Foundation Marcos Amaro, Itu, Sou Paulo

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

AKZO NOBLE-Netherlands,
EDISON INVESTMENT RESEARCH-London, SANQUINE                                                   
BLOODBANK - Amsterdam,

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