Mustafa Hulusi

Exstacy Almond Blossom 3 (L)

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Exstacy Almond Blossom 3 (L)
Mustafa Hulusi
Exstacy Almond Blossom 3 (L)
2008
Oil on canvas (2 parts)
244 x 325 cm

“I try to make my art as visually attractive as possible to arrest the gaze. They’re designed to stop you in your tracks and hold your attention, and I’ll use what I have to in order to get them to do that. The images are open-ended and have no specific narrative, they’re universal signs that anyone could understand. I take my starting point from flora and fauna from the island of Cyprus, my country of origin. These paintings show almond blossoms I saw there a while ago. I couple these natural elements with abstract motifs. The paintings have an impact that describes the process of looking, whilst you’re looking at it. They have a trippy aspect and are also like religious motifs. They could be mystical signs for infinity or the latest pop album cover. There’s a deliberate ambiguity in the signs and what they represent. These works from my Exstacy Almond Blossom series were the first instances where I combined my abstract and figurative paintings. I see the different styles – figuration and abstraction - as the two strands of art that describe reality.”


     
 


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