Life is for those who can become a beautiful song in a complete silence. Life is beautiful... My paintings come from the heart of life itself.
  • Styles: Abstract, Conceptual, Figurative

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

Interview of COPLU for Gallery Crillon

How did your life path and experiences influence your artistic style?

When I was youth there was a political instability in my motherland and the army took over the power. After that there was an oppresion on the freedom of speech. In order to convey the daily life that people went through, I started drawing cartoons through which I had to express my thoughts, only by drawings. Through that I developed my style of expressing my thoughts, feelings, phylosophy of life by adding colors over the years.

What does your work aim to say? What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

I am particularly interested in telling the necessary in vision for inner peace, love and joy that we need and have in lifepath.

What emotions do you want to inspire through your artworks?

Peace, Love, Harmony, Positivity which the world most in need of now.

What is the most beautiful memory of your artistic journey?

I remember laughing and having a great joy when I came across with people, who attened an exibition which was opened by a person who copied my paintings and introduced himself as Coplu, in Malaysia..

What's your connection with Japan?

I gained a second prize at a cartoon competition in Okhostk in 1992. I visited Japan first in 2015, and several years after..once during the Sakura season. After that I was inspired by people's joy and peace during the spring season. I created a Spring of Love series. Which was exhibited first at Art Taipei 2019.
I bought an apartment in Osaka for being close
to Japan, getting to know Japanese people and culture more.

If Japanese people are ready to embrace my work?

I am sure it is going to be an interesting journey for viewers and for us.

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Artist's artworks

Artist's credentials

Art fair (2019)
Bonds of Love- V’art Space- Art Taipei
Solo exhibition (2019)
Spring of Love- Ode To Art Gallery - Singapore
Art fair (2019)
Spring of Love- Asia Contemporary Art Show - Hong Kong
Art fair (2018)
Fly To Love- Asia Contemporary Art Show - Hong Kong
Solo exhibition (2017)
Fly To Love- Ode to Art Gallery - Singapore
Solo exhibition (2015)
Heart To Heart - Simyo Gallery - Seoul-S. Korea
Solo exhibition (2014)
Love;It takes Two - State of the Art Gallery - Hong Kong
Solo exhibition (2011)
Love;It takes Two - Ode To Art Gallery-Singapore-Kuala Lumpur