Iro­quois Party

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Remko Troost salutes Craig’s strong sto­ry­telling skills…

Con­cept artist Remko Troost counts Craig Mullins as an in­flu­ence, and his favourite Mullins paint­ings in­volve Na­tive Amer­i­cans – par­tic­u­larly this im­age of a group of Iro­quois, with one brave stand­ing for­ward and look­ing with con­cern at some­thing in the brush.

“I love ev­ery­thing that’s his­to­ryre­lated, es­pe­cially this pe­riod,” Remko ex­plains. “I’m also in­ter­ested in myths and leg­ends from dif­fer­ent cul­tures. I have a lot of re­spect for Na­tive Amer­i­can peo­ple and the re­la­tion­ship they had with the Earth and na­ture.”

It’s the tension in the im­age that makes it stand out, he says. Some­thing is about to hap­pen, but the viewer doesn’t know what and while there isn’t a lot of ac­tion in the im­age, the light­ing makes it feel dy­namic and alive.

“Through the brush­strokes, Craig leaves a lot up to the viewer to imag­ine and some­how start cre­at­ing their own story,” says Remko. “The colours and light­ing add a lot to the be­liev­abil­ity – there’s so much go­ing on in his im­ages each time. It’s easy to get lost in them and start dream­ing up sto­ries.”

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