Critical Analysis of Gültekin Bilge : Christopher Rosewood, Art Critic, ICAC
I was very pleased to receive a copy of this critical analysis of my art. It was produced by the Chianciano Art Museum and written by the Art Critic Christopher Rosewood of the International Confederation of Art Critics. I became a little emotional when I read Mr Rosewood’s critique.
“We could describe Gültekin Bilge as a universal artist. His works radiate contrasting sentiments: joy, fright, anguish, happiness. A complete artist that gives us a vision of the world by transferring his feelings and his emotions on his canvases, sometimes with great force and other times with extreme delicacy. His complexity is evident in the expression of his figures, in their look, sometimes sad, or frightened, or pensive.” Christopher Rosewood, International Confederation of Art Critics.
I exhibited two paintings in the Museum’s Biennale, which was held earlier this year and I was delighted to be receive the Leonardo Award (1st Prize) for Applied Art. One piece on display at the Biennale was THREE GRACES. The inspiration behind this work was to make a modern version of Botticelli’s theme to represent the idea that true grace does not one from outward appearance but comes instead from within. I observe that many people never hear what’s being said because of the noise in their own heads. I want people to understand that one of the true gifts of humanity is the ability to listen and to hear what is said behind the words.
Also I notice most people are content to sleepwalk through life, blind to the world around them. Whereas true grace is the ability to see very clearly what is going on in the world.
I hear many people talking about nothing, just repeating the chatter in their heads or the mantras from our social brainwashing. Whereas true grace is that ability to take part in a meaningful discourse.
The three graces are interwoven with one another and represent our connection to a deeper more meaningful reality. I hope the modern Three Graces symbolises the evolution of humanity from blind immersion in the material world towards a greater awareness and more sensitive understanding about humanity’s life journey.
“Gültekin’s works represent the whole variety of human existence, in the different aspects of its being and dictated by its subconscious, by its emotions, by its most intimate sensations. Everything originates from his thoughts, from what he feels inside, and that he manages to reproduce on canvas with incredible artistry and talent.” Christopher Rosewood, International Confederation of Art Critics.
Another piece on display at Chianciano Art Musuem at the Biennale was SURPRISE.
This work was inspired by a feeling I got when I heard that a friend’s wife had cancer. It began with shock and then my ideas developed about how life holds many different surprises, some delightful, others devastating and heartbreaking. The large profile with the empty eye represents how many surprises occur because humanity stumbles blindly through life not considering the consequences of our actions and unable or unwilling to foresee what may happen.
“Works worthy of a museum, in which we can see ourselves in various moments of our daily lives; moments of peace and war within ourselves; moments of anguish and joy. His works follow us even when we are not watching them. They remain impressed in our subconscious; they remain attached to us as if not wanting to leave us.
This is Bilge’s incredible ability. Creations that are part of us; creations that give us their hand, talk to us and help us understand ourselves better, our past and our future. Bilge is an artist that is difficult to find and that no sooner one sees his works, one falls in love. He manages to use expressions, colours, contrasts to tell us not only about himself, but also to read inside ourselves.
An artist that does not go unnoticed and makes us understand the essence of life. Bilge is not just a great artist but he is also a great writer, who writes on the walls of our souls.” Christopher Rosewood, International Confederation of Art Critics