“Hans Mulder is an advocate if the unknown possibilities and impact of abstract grey flows. He emphasizes that the dramatic effect of grey can be more powerful than is usually assumed. This can be achieved of course only when handwriting and brushwork are employed. The result is obvious to see.” Art critic and curator Wim van de Beek on a Exhibit of Hans Mulder
Artist Hans Mulder (Arnhem, 1947) completed his studies in 1973 at the Koninklijke Academie van de Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague. His powerful works are always rendered in black, grey and white; he applies colour only when creating nuances are not adequate using the grey palette. According to his extraordinary vision, colour must serve and not please. His most recent works revolve around two themes. Lyrical abstraction, in which the pure art of painting - 'playing' with paint, materials, instruments and technique - plays a central role in his work. The series 'Zerrissene Erde' portrays movements of water, ice, lava flows, the melting and coagulating processes and the catastrophical relationship between mankind and the earth. All his works are about the art of painting and the paintings themselves serve no other purpose than to exist for themselves.