AD 199 | Johan Van Mullem
“Respecting The Unexpected”

Johan Van Mullem (Belgian painter born in 1959) persisted in his youthful search for wrinkled faces, seeking the beauty he recognized in an experience engraved on the faces and in the hands. Since then, the face remains the major subject of his work but over time reversing the imprint of it on his own face while these subjects seem to rejuvenate, disappearing or emerging in a halo of light in an old-fashioned sfumato, offering the gaze an escape into the world of emotion, because Johan Van Mullem's work is an invitation for introspection, to a journey whose omnipresent emotional charge cannot leave indifferent as the depth is often dizzying.

Johan's work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in many important collections.

The superimposition and erasure of the very many smooth layers of the diluted inks further accentuates this feeling of inexpressible presence on the canvas. The self-taught mastery of the specific and unique technicality of his work because only executed in etching ink (an extension of his experience as an engraver) gives his work an additional exceptional character.

Complete artist, designer, painter and sculptor, (but also poet and musician) Johan Van Mullem strives to create a multiple, diverse but absolutely coherent body of work offering links and bridges to all our senses awakened by this work that projects as much into the past as into a contemporaneity.

Show Notes:
  • 00:00 - Being conscious of your work changing
  • 10:04 - Finding meaning within the things we do
  • 13:18 - Giving and receiving
  • 19:24 - Living a life of intention
  • 21:14 - The blessing of life
  • 24:12 - “Do what you feel”
  • 27:28 - Gratitude
  • 31:52 - Adaptability within trials
  • 32:45 - Johan’s progression within his body of work
  • 36:48 - Investigating your personal values
  • 40:27 - Relativity of good and bad
  • 43:02 - Parenting
  • 50:46 - Wrap Up

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Posted 4.26.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino