Turkish
 
Homepage Biography Gallery Media Contact
  • About
  • What is "Art" to me?
  • Exhibitions
I was born in Kirsehir, a mid-Anatolian city in 1956. After having suffered from poverty during my childhood, I finished primary school in Ankara. At that age I was highly intrigued by pencil drawing. By the time I finished primary school I had had several picture stories totalling two hundred pages. After primary school I was not able to continue my education due to financial problems and had to quit school. Then I started working as an apprentice in my father's furniture workshop. Later, saving my tips, I bought synthetic paints and started making my first oil paintings. We were living with our two married elder brothers in the same flat then, and I was not allowed to paint pictures on the pretext of smell of paint and with the fear that I would ignore my job. Sometimes this prohibition could become even tougher that my elder brothers would either mix the paints or empty the cans so that I couldn't paint. However, they, after struggling for a long time, understood I would not give up and let me paint pictures in a small corner of our balcony. As I worked during the day, for years I had to paint in cold winter and hot summer nights till dawn. One day, an idea struck me: Why shouldn't I paint pictures on the furniture? Such a thing had never been tried before at that time. The idea was met with some suspicion and some why-nots. At last I started painting pictures and some ornaments on the furniture. However, upon my father's bankruptcy in 1970s during the severe economic crisis, I painted pictures only for my close friends as presents. This went on until 1993 when I met Dear Mr. Nevzat Boztas, a real art-lover and great art collector. With his sincere interest and encouragement I quit my job and shut down my workshop. Then I sold my flat to make a living and started painting as a future career. As for my painting style, nature is my teacher. And in nature I chose the most difficult to achieve: SEA. My sole aim is to be the foremost artist at painting the sea and when people look at my paintings, I do not only want them to see them but also make them feel as if they were in them. And judging by what people say after looking at my paintings, I think I have made some remarkable progress on my way to reach this aim. Once a customer gave up buying a picture of rough sea, saying he felt seasick when he looked at and preferred a calmer picture. There were people expressing their feelings such as: "I felt salt water in my mouth," "I can smell the iodine spreading from the picture", "For a moment I got lost in it and felt as if I were there and were having a holiday" and so on. I am deeply honored by these remarks and they boost my hunger for painting better pictures.


Art is the freedom of interpretation and objection to Existence, life styles, traditional concepts and perceptions by looking through a perspective developed by one's own thinking-creation ability. This freedom can be achieved only when the spectators think there must be a hidden meaning behind the piece of art even though they fail to grasp the message. When adapted to painting, an artist has to well analyze the seen and the known with its light and color and to transfer it on the canvas. After becoming a master, one can re-state or re-express the known and the seen or the unknown and the unseen by attaching their own interpretation and style. Then people began to feel a kind of respect for your art even if they do not understand it and will never dare to think of the idea, "I can do it," in their minds. Putting some exceptions aside, I daresay that should be the way leading up to becoming a real artist. Otherwise, the door to abuse and speculation is left open and a lot can get in. In my opinion, art schools must breed masters, even virtuosos in classical painting and for post-graduate studies modern art must be practiced. This is what I believe right because all those great artists accepted and honored by academies had undergone this ordeal and reached maturity.



1997 - Valör Sanat Gallery, Ankara-Turkey
1997 - Papedland, İstanbul-Turkey
1997 - Antalya and Mersin' Collective Exhibitions
1997 - Dedeman Art Gallery, Ankara-Turkey
1997 - İstanbul Devlet Güzel Sanatlar Gallery, İstanbul-Turkey
1998 - Deniz Müzesi Maritime Painting Competition İstanbul-Turkey
1998 - Artium Sanat Gallery, İstanbul-Turkey
1998 - İMKB Sanat gallery İstanbul-Turkey
1999 - Gallery Selvin, Ankara-Turkey
2000 - Eylül Sanat Gallery, İstanbul-Turkey
2000 - Feshane Sadabat Sarayı, İstanbul-Turkey
2000 - İstanbul Sanayi Odası Sanat Gallery İstanbul-Turkey
2000 - Deniz Ticaret Odası, İstanbul-Turkey
2001 - Ankara Hilton Oteli, Ankara-Turkey
2002 - Nevill Gallery Canterbury-UK
2002    Ankara Şehir Kulübü Sanat Gallery, Ankara Turkey


2003 - Tüyap Art Fair, İstanbul-Turkey
2004 - Artium Sanat Gallery, İstanbul-Turkey
2004 - Ankara Hilton Oteli, Ankara-Turkey
2005 - Artium Sanat Gallery, İstanbul-Turkey
2005 - Vakıf Sanat Gallery, İstanbul-Turkey
2006 - Selvin Sanat Gallery, Ankara-Turkey
2006 - Gallery Nevill Canterbury-U.K
2007 - World Fine Art, New York
2007 - Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, New York
2008 - Agora Gallery Collective Exhibition New York
2008 - CHRISTIE’S Maritime Art Auction at  New York
2009 - Vakıf Sanat Gallery Ankara Atakule-Turkey
2009 - EkavArt Sanat Gallery  İstanbul-Turkey
2009 - CHRISTIE’S Maritime Art Auction London U.K
2010 - Art Bosphorus Fair, İstanbul-Turkey
2011 - İstanbul Sanayi Odası Sanat Gallery, İstanbul-Turkey



 
©2017 Mustafa Günen All rights reserved.
 
facebook twitter