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Fresh from representing Cyprus at this year’s Venice Biennale, Mustafa Hulusi will be unveiling a series of his large-scale paintings in the lower level of The Blade Factory at Greenland Street in Liverpool, this October. Cennet Bahçesi (Turkish for 'The Heavenly Garden') will showcase five new works, commissioned by A Foundation, alongside works from Hulusi’s Elysian series of photorealist paintings of flowers and fruit. Hulusi’s practice sees him capture nature in photographs which are transformed into hyper-real illustrations that have a distinctive other-worldly and sensuous style.

Cennet Bahçesi will feature Hulusi's lush depictions of blossoming flowers coupled with outstretched hands (illustrated below), as well as newly made verdant renditions of Cypriot fruits. Saturated in colour and light, these visions of nature suggest quasi-religious references, and are at once gloriously poetic and subtly unnerving. Hulusi’s ambiguously idyllic portrayals of flowers and fruit are presented in a style reminiscent of early twentieth century propaganda and cinematic kitsch. These works use the ancient material of paint to prompt timeless questions about truth and beauty, while simultaneously addressing post-modern concerns about the trustworthiness of visual culture.

Hulusi's previous work includes the bold graphics of his 'Expander' series, and a set of works featuring his own name fly-posted across London billboards. While his style has varied, his chief concerns have remained the escapist and illusory possibilities of art and the ambiguities of interpretation in a world awash with reproduced images.

Hulusi was born in Cyprus in 1971, and lives and works in London. Trained in fine art, critical studies and photography, he has presented several solo exhibitions in London. His work has also been exhibited in many group shows around the world, at venues including P.S.1, New York, and Kunst-Werke, Berlin. He also curated Expander at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and will co-curate When We Build Let Us Think We Build Forever at BALTIC, Gateshead (21 September 2007 – 20 January 2008).

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Mustafa Hulusi
Cennet Bahçesi