The COVID-19 outbreak has imposed restrictions in movement. As part of an ongoing initiative, photographers of Magnum Photo are sharing information and new work made in these strange and difficult times.
Trained as an architect, Johan Van Mullem is a painter, illustrator and sculptor. His interest in art dates from his childhood, during which he tirelessly drew pictures of faces, a major theme in his work, going beyond portraiture. Van Mullem instinctively captures the essence of humanity hidden in timeless faces that are barely representative. A painter of movement and light, Van Mullem works with highly diluted printer’s ink, which he builds up in layers.