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Johan Van Mullem (b. 1959) lives and works in Waterloo, Brussels. 

Described by the Huffington Post as a “rising star in the contemporary art world”, Van Mullem has become renowned for monumental paintings of a rare psychological intensity. Working intuitively, with no formal destination in mind, Van Mullem draws on the subconscious to conjure luminous figures and obscured landscapes that surface, as if from the depths, as otherworldly apparitions.

The monumental work of Belgian artist Johan Van Mullem evokes comparisons that might flatter and intimidate most artists to the point of discomfort: Goya, Rembrandt, Francis Bacon, and William Blake quickly come to mind...

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Johan Van Mullem’s work can be found in public and private collections internationally, including collections in Brussels, London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles and at the Musee d’Ixelles in Belgium, who staged his first major museum show between 27 October 2016 and 22 January 2017.

The faces are just a symbol needed to express and possibly reflect the viewer’s own soul. The soul itself is a deeply buried treasure. It is something we all have, but that we rarely visit.
— Johan Van Mullem