Nature Morte presents a solo exhibition of paintings by the American artist Stephen Mueller titled Atmospheric Paintings. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, Stephen Mueller (1947-2011) was an artist, writer and educator who lived and worked in New York. Atmospheric Paintings is the third exhibition presented by Nature Morte including works by Stephen Mueller. On view are nine paintings employing polychromatic patterns and geometry, with elements suspended in space. The works evoke Mueller’s interest in spiritual and mythological ideologies and painting from the Indian subcontinent, specifically that of tantric Buddhism and Pahari miniatures. Symmetry is colligated with ambiguity, hard-edged structures are superimposed on fluidity. For Mueller, the works express ‘the folly of duality, the falsity of the idea of self’, echoing the notion of transience integral to Buddhist philosophy.
View the works on the Nature Morte website.