Gerben Mulder

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1972





In his paintings and bronze sculptures, Gerben Mulder explores portraiture as a starting point for fiction and existential investigation. His characters have distorted proportions, swollen and bulging eyes. With the face of an adult and the body of a child, the figures, in permanent transformation, walk a fine line between innocence and perversion. The expressionist gestures of the brushwork and the thick layer of paint accentuate the density of the themes which, in return, are treated with a palette of luminous colors. The artist explores a repertoire of unconscious archetypes, in vigorous and fast brushstrokes, in order to transmit dreamlike narratives not only in the images, but in the fabric of the painting itself.

Among his solo exhibitions are
Works on Paper, Galerie Frank Taal, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2014); The Tucson Work, MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Tucson, USA (2011); Flowers, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, USA (2010) e The Sickbed, Galerie k4, Munich, Germany (2007). He has also participated in the group exhibitions Frankie’s Choice nr1, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2019); Paper Chase, Marisa Newman Projects, New York, USA (2019); Brother From Another Mother, Galerie Mark Peet Visser, Knokke, Belgium (2018); The End, Let’s Start Again, Donau 83, Studio Bram Braam, Berlin, Germany (2016) e Blueprint 2.0, Storefront Art and Architecture, New York, USA (2015).