Last Chance to See: Johan van Mullem's Movements of the Soul at the Andipa Gallery

By Culture24 Reporter` | 21 November 2012
A photo of a painting of a man's face in abstract, broad brushstrokes with circles
Johan van Mullem, Sans Titre (2011). Ink on board© Johan van Mullem
Exhibition Preview: The Movements of the Soul, Andipa Gallery, London, until November 24 2012

Johan van Mullem has had something of a late emergence as an artist: originally trained as an architect, the Belgian has only fully pursued his traditional form of portraiture during the past few years, but it’s gained column inches for its rich colours and certain sense of psyche beyond the mere physical features of those portraits.

Perhaps van Mullem’s supremely nomadic existence has something to do with his eclecticism and desire to reflect his own memories and reminiscences.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he moved to Tunisia at an early age and has lived in Bruges, Brussels and Stockholm. Painting, he says, has been a refuge and a place of introspection.

  • Andipa Gallery, Walton Street, London. Open 9.30am-6pm (11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @andipagallery.

More pictures:

A photo of an abstract oil painting of a face surrounded by circles in broad thick paint
© Johan van Mullem
A photo of an abstract painting of a face made up of swirling light and dark brown swirls
© Johan van Mullem
A photo of an abstract painting of a face made up of swirling yellow, red and brown paint
© Johan van Mullem
A photo of a painting on canvas of a face made up of blue swirls within a white cloud
© Johan van Mullem
A photo of an abstract painting of a face in broad brushstrokes against a black backdrop
© Johan van Mullem
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