Dutch-based artist Daniel Murren blends color and geometry in his exquisite abstract paintings. Huge colored planes appear to rush from deep into the canvas, spreading to a design that draws the viewer’s eyes across the beige-toned canvas. Layers are delicate in their own right, but are added together to create visual depth.
Originally from Scotland, Mullen received a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, a school associated with the Bauhaus movement. There he was fascinated by modernist architecture and explored how perspective could organize the colors, lights, hues and depths of his paintings. “My work explores light, space and phenomenology through the medium of painting,” Malen tells My Modern Met. “I sketch exposed linen by hand and draw these ever-evolving spatial shapes. A layer of pale translucent color contrasts with hard-edged lines, which color the viewer. Invite to the field. This provides an encounter with space and is almost a spiritual phenomenon. “
Mullen cites color field painter Mark Rothko as an inspiration to explore how color affects our senses. “Color is a fundamental aspect of experiencing our inner and outer life,” says the artist. “It’s a mode of communication that is inseparable from the components of nature and how it communicates. Before we perceive anything specific, we feel and see the colors.” As a result, Mullen’s series of work focuses on what happens when perspective and color fields interact.
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Dutch-based artist Daniel Murren creates fascinating abstract paintings of planes of color.
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