- Styles: Abstract, Conceptual, Figurative
ARTIST OF LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
As a self-taught artist, I was born in Ushak, Turkey, in 1958. My family migrated to Istanbul when I was 6 and we lived there for thirty years. The sixties and seventies were periods of optimism, socialism and humanism in my country as well as around the world, but the 80’s brought vastly different political and social periods. When I was studying at the Technical University of Istanbul to become a mining engineer, I witnessed great turmoil among the youth and my daily studies were distracted by riots and demonstrations all around the city and the university, which I witnessed visually. In 1980, the military took over the power of governing and censorship was applied in almost every acts of life. In response to censorship and oppression of freedom of expression, I began drawing cartoons. My passion for drawing grew and it was not long before my art became more important to me than studying.
I participated in my first art exhibition in Istanbul in 1984, followed by many solo exhibitions in Turkey and group exhibitions in Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Spain, USA and Canada. My cartoons have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, books and catalogues both in Turkey and across Europe. Since my first international recognition in 1989 with the Nasreddin Hodja International Cartoon Competition Special Talent Award, I have received 25 awards in national and international competitions, including second prize in cartoon competition in Okhotsk - Japan.
I contributed cartoons to the Turkish Daily News for 5 years. Meanwhile I established the Cartoon School of Antalya, where I taught many pupils the art of seeing the humorous side of life. And opened and managed the Open Air Cartoon Exhibition Space to display the works of national cartoonists and the pupils, organised International Cartoon Competition of Antalya in 1991-1993. I have been actively pursuing art and exploring different forms of visual art and developed my own style of painting last 20 years.
The subjects of my paintings are always human beings and the environment that I am part of. My work mirrors human beings’ positive feelings: such as love, dream, passion, hope, laugh, beliefs, thoughts, and wishes. I have been interviewed by many media, my work have been documented by Channel News Asia in 2012 and screened in Singapore and other 22 countries in Asia.
My paintings are mainly bought by private collectors and institutions. 12 of my limited editions are printed by Aurora Fine Art and Buckingham Fine Art Publishers, distributed, and sold in galleries through out in the UK.
I have been working on three dimensional arts in recent years and produced 6 sculptures from the figures and scenes of my paintings. One of the largest sculptures, titled “Nature of Love-Warmth”, was permanently placed in Singapore Changi Airport’s recently launched Terminal 4.
My paintings are currently represented by galleries in Singapore, China, Malaysia, San Francisco, Taiwan, Hawaii, and the UK.
I continuously travelling between three continents; observing people and their cultures, attending to workshops, charity events, art fairs, holding exhibitions as well as artist talks