He uses humor even at the darkness of negativity, manages to grip anyone who let themselves go with his paintings… We listened to his eccentric world from Ali Elmacı, in which it’s heroes are characters and objects the world wouldn’t bring together in reality.
I remember as though the minute I held a pen and started to write, I also started to draw. I feel that I will continue this action until I leave this world. Because this is an innate thing, you are born with it and you die with it.
What I do is dark humor exactly, and I do it having irony as the origin. I approach all the bitterness that’s spoken on a serious note with a humorous language, and shape it into my own form of expression. My goal in doing so is to put the spectator in a state where he/she doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
First, I choose the subject I’ll be working on and do research accordingly. And although I somewhat know what I’ll be doing once I’m in front of the canvas, the result is always filled with surprises. I don’t usually abide by anything.
If you wish to build a solid wall, you must place the bricks in the correct manner and ensure that they are supporting one another. Each brick must mutually contribute to the other. I approach the objects I use in my paintings in this sense. While details are tools that lead us to the whole, they also make the message more intriguing.
I am an artist who feeds and creates from this geography; it is surely possible to see textures that belong here in my paintings. However, it is debatable how close the training I got and the language I use is to the Turkish culture. To tell you the truth, I am after what’s universal.
Symbols don’t merely represent an object or an event, they also define them. As symbols strengthen a sense of belonging, if they are repurposed from being a tool to being the aim, they become icons and start producing problems. And I include them to my paintings right at this point. In using mainly universal symbols along with local symbols, it facilitates reaching different audiences.
Before distinguishing the figures in my works as animal or human beings, I should say this: I paint the picture of the ugly, and for me, ugly is anything that has a human being in it.
I can’t even foresee tomorrow, but I can make some wishes. I hope we’ll see that many independent art initiatives have opened along with established museums and galleries, and that we’ll see strong collectors along with conscious art lovers stand close to art and the artist.