Effetto Arte – A Portrait for Great Art’s Masters
I was very pleased that my painting DESIRE was on the cover of Effetto Arte Anno 4 Numero 5 2014.
When I made this painting I was thinking very much about male attitudes towards females in many societies.
The woman’s torso is also a large male portrait to depict the dominance of masculine over feminine. The red faces outside the body represent masculine attitudes towards the feminine. I deliberately gave the body no face to de-humanise it, representing the way many men perceive woman as objects, not human beings. For many men, woman are a mystery; the feminine world is complex and intangible, not really understood, but very desirable, creating a need for it to be owned, taken or controlled. The portraits in every part of the female body represent the natural sexual desire that women experience but may not be accepted or freely expressed in many societies. The deeper meaning is that our society privileges the masculine aspects of self expression such as material success, achievement, power, status, dominance and control of the physical world. We tend to undervalue the feminine aspects of self expression such as nurturing, caring, maintaining relationships, and looking after the more intangible aspects of human life.
My painting TURBID PEOPLE was included in the section “A Portrait for Great Art’s Masters”.
This work is one from my Dissolve Series.
I painted this image because I don’t understand the way some people think or act. I used my Dissolve technique to depict many different coloured people, all with mouths talking. Different colours represent many opposing and contrasting views. Everyone says different things but nobody is listening to anyone else. I wanted to express my concern that politicians talk too much without opening their minds to other views. They don’t listen to the people and do nothing to help them. I become frustrated that they go on meeting and talking but nothing happens and things don’t move forward for ordinary people.
Sandro Serradifalco wrote a critique of this painting.
“Gültekin Bilge in this painting, represents a series of faces in different colours and in different positions. The title “Turbid People” and the colours the artist chose for the composition, are deeply emblematic. He wants to show us the confusion, the doubts and the inquietude of the common people. Different colours and different moods to show how hard it is to find balance.”
These two paintings were also shown side by side in the Royal Arts Prize Exhibition in Royal Opera Gallery in Pall Mall London where I was awarded 1st Prize.