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.”