Johan Van Mullem : This months artist in spotlight

22 October - 22 November 2020
  • “If we open people up, we’d find landscapes” -Agnes Varda We at Neon Gallery are delighted to present a new...

    Johvan Van Mullem, P20002, 2020, Ink on kappa, Signed, 180 x 140 cm

    “If we open people up, we’d find landscapes” 

     

    -Agnes Varda 

    We at Neon Gallery are delighted to present a new body of work that boldly shifts the focus away from a cultural anthropophagical approach of self-examination, zooming out to explore nature and natural environments as a stage for contemplation of one’s psyche. The artist’s kaleidoscopic new works appear to shift in and out of focus, creating an illusion of travelling backward and forward in time. While he is often linked to certain artists and artistic movements, the timeless essence of his works is expressed through an infinite movement that can be seen as both romantic, in a Renaissance-infused manner, and yet entirely contemporary. His works are fluid in execution and form, and his enigmatic style is highly distinguishable, delivered in an emotionally moving manner that has attracted and fascinated audiences across the international art scene.

     

  • The New Series of Works by Johan Van Mullem

    • Johan Van Mullem P20063, 2020 Signed Ink on canvas. 160 x 140 cm 63 x 55 1/8 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P20063, 2020
      Signed
      Ink on canvas.
      160 x 140 cm
      63 x 55 1/8 in
    • Johan Van Mullem P20028, 2020 Signed Ink on kappa. 70 x 100 cm 27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P20028, 2020
      Signed
      Ink on kappa.
      70 x 100 cm
      27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in
    • Johan Van Mullem P20036, 2020 Ink on canvas. 60 x 40 cm 23 5/8 x 15 3/4 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P20036, 2020
      Ink on canvas.
      60 x 40 cm
      23 5/8 x 15 3/4 in
    • Johan Van Mullem P20026, 2020 Signed Ink on kappa. 70 x 100 cm 27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P20026, 2020
      Signed
      Ink on kappa.
      70 x 100 cm
      27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in
  • 'Painting has always been something unreachable for me. When you say breath, I see light and colour. I paint (I...

    Johan Van Mullem, P20007, 2020, Ink on kappa, Signed, 70 x 70 cm

    "Painting has always been something unreachable for me. When you say breath, I see light and colour. I paint (I see) with emotion, and emotion is pure energy. I paint what is not seen but is there in all of us. My work is with the soul."

     

    - Johan Van Mullem

  • Born in the Congo, a son of flemish diplomats, Johan Van Mullem's early experiences were of travel and international relocation;...

    Johan Van Mullem, P20022, 2020, Ink on canvas, Signed, 140 x 100 cm

    Born in the Congo, a son of flemish diplomats, Johan Van Mullem's early experiences were of travel and international relocation; living in such countries as Sweden, Germany, Tunisia, UK, US, and Belgium (currently living in Brussels) where the artist came into contact with a wide range of cultures, backgrounds, traditions and systems of living. Having such wildly diverse cultural and geographical experiences early in life shaped Van Mullem's mind to see behind what the eye can see and begin a life long exploration into the commonalities of humans and nature - the conscious energy that all life shares, not just humans beings, but all living entities.  His portraits examine the invisible inner territory that impacts the outer human experience, inquisitively exploring the forces underlying physical existence. Van Mullem ventures into a delicate space — how humans portray themselves in culture and attempt to reach behind the veil, painting and giving life to the powerful unseen forces of the universal human experience: the eternal soul. The artist is infinitely more interested in similarities and connections than differences and separations. What makes us alike? What do we all have in common are answers that drive the artist practice. "We all share heartbeats, minds that think, breathing, inspiration, and souls which are connected to nature." Van Mullem’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections internationally, including collections in Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Mexico, Los Angeles and at the Musee d’Ixelles in Belgium. He has most recently exhibited at the Ciurlionis National Art Museum in Lithuania and the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins in France.

     

     

    • Johan Van Mullem P20021, 2020 Ink on kappa. 70 x 100 cm 27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P20021, 2020
      Ink on kappa.
      70 x 100 cm
      27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in
    • Johan Van Mullem P20046, 2020 Ink on canvas. 60 x 60 cm 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P20046, 2020
      Ink on canvas.
      60 x 60 cm
      23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in
    • Johan Van Mullem P20027, 2020 Ink on kappa. 70 x 100 cm 27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P20027, 2020
      Ink on kappa.
      70 x 100 cm
      27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in
  • "inspiration is letting yourself get carried away with what is around you"

  • Iconic Portraits & Landscapes

    • Johan Van Mullem P13256, 2013 Ink on canvas. 140 x 100 cm
      Johan Van Mullem
      P13256, 2013
      Ink on canvas.
      140 x 100 cm
    • Johan Van Mullem P14011, 2014 Ink on kappa. 200 x 140 cm 78 3/4 x 55 1/8 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P14011, 2014
      Ink on kappa.
      200 x 140 cm
      78 3/4 x 55 1/8 in
    • Johan Van Mullem P15025, 2015 Ink on kappa. 160 x 140 cm 63 x 55 1/8 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P15025, 2015
      Ink on kappa.
      160 x 140 cm
      63 x 55 1/8 in
    • Johan Van Mullem P13255, 2013 Ink on kappa. 200 x 280 cm 78 3/4 x 110 1/4 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P13255, 2013
      Ink on kappa.
      200 x 280 cm
      78 3/4 x 110 1/4 in
    • Johan Van Mullem P14082 Landscaping Beauty, 2014 Ink on Kappa. 180 x 280 cm 70 7/8 x 110 1/4 in
      Johan Van Mullem
      P14082 Landscaping Beauty, 2014
      Ink on Kappa.
      180 x 280 cm
      70 7/8 x 110 1/4 in