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Mustafa Hulusi EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

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.”
Exstacy Almond Blossom 8 (L)
Mustafa Hulusi
Exstacy Almond Blossom 8 (L)

2008

Oil on canvas (2 parts)

244 x 325 cm
“I’m interested in traditional Islamic art that entwines geometric patterns with floral motifs; the modern interpretation of that might be op art meets hyper-realist figurative paintings. Combined, they do a similar thing in creating a visual fixation that evokes metaphysical experience. There’s an art historical lineage that I’m following and I think of my work as painting archetypal ‘formats’. There’s a ‘time travel’ process going on: op art and hyper-realism were from the 60s and 70s and take into account photography and mass media. I skip a couple of decades to now in order to re-contextualise these modes, via skipping through centuries in the past and finding equal inspiration in Islamic tile work. I’m moving around different parts of history, mining where needs be, to describe contemporary reality. They convey as much information as possible with the slightest suggestion of gesture, and have a sense of collapse where you realise it’s not actually a photograph but a painting.”






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Mustafa Hulusi's BIOGRAPHY

Mustafa Hulusi
Born in 1971, London
Lives and works in London



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Afyon, Max Wigram gallery, London

2009
Obliteration and Memory, Patrick Painter Inc, Los Angeles, USA
The Worshipers, Max Wigram gallery, London
The Ruins, Civic Room, London

2008
Exstacy, Max Wigram gallery, London
Iznik-Kibris-Londra, Galerist, Istanbul

2007
Cennet Bahcesi, A Foundation, Liverpool
Field of Flowers, Max Wigram gallery, London

2005
The End of the West, Max Wigram gallery, London
Mustafa Hulusi too, Rachmaninoffs, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
Fall Out: War and Conflict in the British Council Collection,
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Newspeak: British Art Now, The Saatchi Gallery, London

2009
Natural Wonders: New Art from London, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia

2008
Beyond Paradise, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Holland

2007
The Elysian Paintings, Republic of Cyprus at the 52nd International Exhibition of
Contemporary Art of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice.
When We Build, Let Us Think We Build Forever, BALTIC, Gateshead
Abstraction, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, UK

2006
Into Me/ Out of Me, PS1, New York; Kunst Werke, Berlin.
To Here, Bloomberg Space, London
Right On/ Write Off, The Great Unsigned, Chapman Fine Arts, London

2005
East International 05, Norwich
Culture Bound, Courtauld Institute, London
The Condition of England, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

2004
New Contemporaries 04, 14 Wharf Road, London