Two things recur in Mustafa Hulusi’s work of the last five or six years: one, a vivid, graphic pattern of alternating coloured and white rays, radiating from a central point (usually called 'the Expander'); the other, vividly photorealist paintings of flowers, fruit and foliage, depicted in stark sunlight, and often set against an azure sky – in their own way, both communicate a sense of plenitude. Exstacy Almond Blossom combines these series into a diptych, in which the high-key naturalism of the flowers and fruit clashes with the Op Art dazzle of the Expander. First conceived as designs for billboards that Hulusi installed in sites across urban London, the Expander works have become a symbol for a kind of uncompromised, uncomplicated ecstasy. The flower paintings, by contrast, stem from references the artist makes to his roots in Turkish Cyprus, and to a Mediterranean idea of fertility.
Mustafa Hulusi was born in London in 1971. After studying Fine Art and Critical Studies at Goldsmiths College, he then continued to a photography master’s degree at the Royal College of Art.
Hulusi represented Cyprus at the 52nd International Exhibition of Contemporary Art of La Biennale di Venezia in 2007. His solo shows include exhibitions at A-Foundation, Max Wigram Gallery, Patrick Painter Gallery in LA and Galerist in Istanbul.
Hulusi's group exhibitions include When We Build, Let Us Think That We Build Forever, BALTIC, Gateshead, UK; Into Me Out of Me at P.S.1/MOMA, NY and Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Abstraction – Extracting from Reality, Millennium Galleries, UK; East International 05, Norwich Art Gallery, UK; This is England, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, UK.
Mustafa Hulusi lives and works in London.