The Human Spirit Solo Exhibition 2013
The Human Spirit solo exhibition of 29 paintings took place in Inverness, Scotland, February 2013.
The artworks explore different aspects of the struggle for survival and the ability of the human spirit to overcome many different forms of adversity, whether physical or psychological.
Oil / mixed media on wood
54cm W x 187cm H
The central image in this artwork is a silent endless scream. It is a cry to be heard and it comes from a very deep, dark, angry place. The aim is to give voice to those people in the world who ask for basic human rights but do not have the power to be noticed.
When I painted it I wanted to express my frustration about the situation of the Turkish community in Northern Cyprus. For 30 years it seems that no-one in the world listens to this small community who are still not recognised as a nation and are placed under embargoes. The aim of the painting is to give voice to the concerns of my community and also to those people in the world who ask for basic human rights but do not have the power to be noticed or listened to. “We Are Screaming” is part of my First Wood Series (2010).
COMPETITION OF THE GENES (2011)
Oil / Mixed media on carved treated cedar wood 183 cm x 60 cm
In this artwork I use my Turkish Whirling technique to depict the union of masculine and feminine. The main motifs are the carved male and female heads at each end of the painting. I set them in direct opposition to one another to signify genes “fighting” in the natural selection process. This inbuilt struggle for survival is mirrored in broader society as a drive for power and domination. My feeling is that it results in conflict in the world between individual people and amongst families, communities and nations. I depict this conflict in several different scenes within the composition. This work is part of my 2011 Carved Wood Series.
There are 29 paintings in this exhibition and from 5 different series of my works painted from 2009 -2011.
I was very pleased with the reactions of the people who attended the exhibition and the level of interest they showed in my works. This video slideshow is my diary of the exhibition.
This painting is one of the Endless Expression Series. I used the whirling technique to make a painting to symbolise how some people don’t always “fit” easily into society because they seem to be outside the norm. They think differently and have very innovative “shiny” thoughts.
I created this work in 2009 when I was trying to develop a new style of oil painting. I did this by adapting the forms of traditional Turkish marbling, which is a water based technique to imprint designs onto paper. My Turkish Whirling style generates a similar visual effect to marbling although the technique is entirely different. Simon Riddell of SR Fire Inverness Ltd fell in love with this image and he is now very happy that it is hanging on his wall at home.
AUCTION FOR CHARITY
The artworks in this exhibition all convey some aspect of the struggle for survival in this world. Several of them are part of my Beautiful Seeds of Destruction Series. These works all contain a visual representation of disease contrasted with an image depicting the physical or psychological effects on individuals or society. When I painted UNKNOWN QUESTION (opposite) I was wondering what goes on in the mind of someone facing death, particularly when they know they have a serious disease spreading through their body. The motif representing disease in the top right corner is juxtaposed against the many portraits (some less obvious than others). It made me think about how despair circulates in communities where people have experienced great pain and can see no hope for the future. Or maybe people have different types of thoughts and feelings in such circumstances? Hope, hate, acceptance, love, anger, regret – I don’t know. That’s the question I am posing in this painting…
It seemed appropriate to offer to auction a signed Limited Edition print with the proceeds going to MacMillan Cancer Support.
June Ross of Your Event Scotland successfully outbid the field to become the proud owner of the No 1. print signed by Gültekin. June is pictured below receiving her print from Gültekin and Mark Sutherland-Fisher of Highland Craic, who hosted the exhibition event.