Daniel Mullen – In a Realm of Luminescence

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 28th 1 – 5 PM
Artist Commentary 3 PM

Exhibition Dates: September 28th – November 2nd


Elan Fine Art is thrilled to present Amsterdam-based artist Daniel Mullen in his first major Canadian exhibition. Mullen describes himself as a “devoted craftsman”, who meticulously creates his works without digital or mechanical aid.

When you wake up tomorrow, imagine you could vividly see the sound of gentle raindrops cascading from the sky, falling in tainted silence, tumbling through rustling leaves, the sound of mournful cooing of a dove in the distance, interrupted by the abrupt cawing of a willful crow, and the sound of methodical lapping of tires on the wet asphalt of a passing car. They display a mirage of colours in front of your eyes, colours you have never been able to put words to, subtle colour variations you see in Daniel Mullen’s paintings.

Some of Mullen’s paintings are an exploration of his wife, filmmaker Lucy Cordes Engelman’s gift of conjoined sensory illusion called Synesthesia. By blending colour relationships with lines, Daniel Mullen arouses the viewer’s perception of space by employing an abstract language of lines and geometric shapes to create optical phenomena that appears kinetic or three-dimensional, these layered images of shapes appear to be either protruding or receding from an illusionary space. His works convey a kinetic energy that engages our eyes with the dynamism of his works, while bringing a tempered sense of structure and balance.

Paul Kyle, owner of Elan Fine Art and gallerist for over four decades says that these works are passionate, inspiring paintings that demand engagement, and that they encompass what he personally seeks in art – beauty and elegance. He feels these works offer an opportunity for collectors to get in at an early stage of an already embraced internationally acknowledged artist. Daniel Mullen is rapidly gaining international prestige, from London to New York, recently having his first museum exhibition in Berlin, and a completely sold-out show in Sao Paulo this year. Mullen’s paintings are compared to Jesus Soto’s three-dimensional works, they reveal light ignited by inward desire, for they are paintings that explore the density of sparsity, of weightlessness, emptiness, and carry romantic notions of luminescence, rather than seeking for analogies of an abstract concept in the science of visual language.

Summer Newsletter – 2018


If you haven’t had a chance to visit for a while, you might have missed the opportunity to view some great pieces, here are just a few that have recently sold.

Maxwell Bates, “Church in Saanich”, 1964, Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 48″

Lawren Harris, “Abstract”, 1958, Oil on Board, 24.5″ x 30″

Ignacio Iturria, Untitled, c.1996, Mixed Media on Canvas, 19.5″ x 79″

Guido Molinari, Untitled (October 1962), 1962, Oil on Canvas, 45″ x 38.5″

The empty spaces on the walls are once again filled with delight and beauty. Come and see some of our new acquisitions,  such as this 1993 Jack Shadbolt 56″ x 48″ painting titled “The Last Flowering” in our main gallery space.

Also, showing for the first time in our main gallery space, is this impressive 47″ x 81″ 1977 David Craven drawing titled “Politico VII”.

David Craven was a New York based Canadian artist, who is widely recognized for his distinctive painting practices that spanned a forty-year career. Craven’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

If you were wondering where is Landon’s impressive 90″ x 158″ painting titled “Mirror (Square)” from the Autumn Almanac Exhibition,Landon and her handy helper Jack unraveled it for us one last time, before taking it off the stretcher and diligently rolling it, wrapping it with fabric into a large candy shape getting it ready for transport.

A big thank you to Landon and Jack for all their hard work, it is very difficult to say goodbye to this magnificent powerful work. If you would still like to see Landon’s work in the gallery, there is another equally extraordinary piece titled “Short Waves” currently on view.



In anticipation of an exhibition we are currently working on for Fall 2018, we would like to introduce a work by one of Elan’s notable artists Tony Robins, who is a well-known architect based here in Vancouver with a dedicated full-time art practice.

Tony Robins and his firm AARobins have received awards from Paris to Japan. Tony is a recipient of the prestigious Prix de Rome in Architecture, a winner of the Lieutenant Governor of BC/AIBC’s Special Jury Award for the Kits Beach Restaurant and Lifeguard Project, as well as recipient of Canadian Architect Magazine Awards since the firm’s inception and first project in 1981. won the 2014/15 Western Living “Architect of the Year”, “Interior Designer of the Year” and “Eco Designer of the Year”.

This work “Roundhay Garden Scene” explores the juxtaposition of the classic and contemporary, where the first frame of the first moving picture is laid next to a Base64transmediation of the picture.

Detail of Tony’s “Roundhay Garden Scene”

In simpler terms, Base64 is a computer language, where images are read only as numbers and letters, a string of codes.

Here is the 2.5 second long “Roundhay Garden Scene” film. The earliest celluloid film was shot by Louise Le Prince using the Le Prince single-lens camera made in 1888.

It was taken in the garden of the Whitley family house in Oakwood Grange Road, Roundhay, a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire, Great Britain, possibly on October 14, 1888. It shows Adolphe Le Prince (Le Prince’s son), Mrs. Sarah Whitley, (Le Prince’s mother-in-law), Joseph Whitley and Miss Harriet Hartley. The ‘actors’ are shown walking around in circles, laughing to themselves and keeping within the area framed by the camera.

Elan Fine Art is proud to support the 2018 Odlum Brown VanOpen. A Tennis Canada Event, the largest and most celebrated Men’s and Women’s professional tennis tournament in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Tickets are on sale now, we would love to see you there. Find the image of this Joseph Kyle painting in the tournament program.