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Showing until May 5, Muller’s paintings take their inspiration from such diverse sources as medieval icons, Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, folk art and contemporary comics. He gained first attention by combining medieval Christian icons with modern digital art.
His latest work is close to the American lowbrow and pop surrealism movement. Characteristics of his paintings are animal illustrations with a very dark and apocalyptic mood, often appearing like modern takes on Bosch or Bruegel motifs.
Muller is particularly thrilled by the kind of spiritual terror found expressed in the paintings of the old Flemish masters and attempts to find out what happens when that mood is applied to the serene and harmless world of rural folk art. Muller's most recent work marks a return to painting after a long period of drawing with coloured pencils, during which he developed special techniques to make the drawings appear like oil paintings. His preferred media are acrylic and oil on paper and oil on canvas, complemented by pencil drawings.
His works have been exhibited in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, as well as in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Paris, Saint Petersburg and Tartu. He also curated several exhibitions in Hamburg. He has a design diploma from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and is also working as a professional media designer and illustrator.
Gallery hours are from Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 6pm.
Telephone (095) 5915014 or visit www.lelinkgallery.com.