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Gultekin Bilge

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20120324165617-2009-ee001_the_lovers
The Lovers, 2009 Oil on Board 70 X 52 Centimeters © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324170010-2009-ee002___veterans_and_martyrs_reduced
Veterans and Martyrs, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324170526-2009-ee003_shiny_thoughts_reduced
Shiny Thoughts, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324170700-2009-ee004_untitled_reduced
Untitled, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324171023-2009-ee005__angry_shouts_reduced
Angry Shouts, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324171128-2009-ee006_puzzle_reduced
Puzzle, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324171246-2009-ee007_uncertain_future_reduced
Uncertain Future, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324171350-2009-ee008_opposition_reduced
Opposition, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324171500-2009-ee013_unhappy_bride_reduced
Unhappy Bride, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324171649-2009-jod001_happy
Happy, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324171740-2009-jod002_life_force__1_
Life Force (1), 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324171834-2009-jod003_life_force__2_
Life Force (2), 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324171935-2009-jod004_life_force__3_
Life Force (3), 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172035-2009-jod005_glow_1
Glow (1), 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172136-2009-jod006_glow_2
Glow (2), 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172237-2009-jod007_glow_3
Glow (3), 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172329-2009-jod008_glow_4
Glow (4), 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172422-2009-jod010_divided
Divided , 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172524-2009-jod011_beautiful_life
Beautiful Life, 2009 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172640-2009-jod012_alive
Alive, 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172736-2009-jod013_purple_play_1
Purple Play (1), 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172837-2009-jod014_purple_play_2
Purple Play (2), 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324172933-2009-jod015_purple_play_3
Purple Play (3), 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324173027-2009-jod016_tranquility
Tranquility, 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324173117-2009-jod017_discord__1_
Discord (1), 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324173300-2009-jod0018_discord__2_
Discord (2), 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324173358-2009-jod019_discord__3_
Discord (3), 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324173453-2009-jod022_harmony
Harmony, 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324173547-2009-jod023_dance_of_life
Dance of Life, 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324173712-2009-jod020_unforgiving_reduced
Unforgiving, 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324173820-2009-jod021_strong_reduced
Strong, 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324173922-2009-jod025_untitled_reduced
Untitled, 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324174032-2009-jod026_untitled_reduced
Untitled, 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324174137-2009-jod029_hidden_forces__1__reduced
Hidden Forces (1), 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120324174247-2009-jod030_hidden_forces__2__reduced
Hidden Forces (2), 2009 Mixed Media on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120325070824-2010-bsod001_beautiful_seeds_of_destruction
Beautiful Seeds of Destruction, 2010 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120325070925-2010-bsod002_flow_of_life_and_death
Flow of Life and Death, 2010 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120325071032-2010-bsod003_unknown_question
Unknown Question, 2010 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120325071131-2010-bsod004_waiting
Waiting, 2010 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120325071236-2010-bsod006_all_in_the_same_boat
All in the Same Boat, 2010 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120325071353-2010-bsod007_burning_inside
Burning Inside, 2010 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120325071458-2010-bsod008_thoughts_in_mind
Thoughts in Mind, 2010 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120325071550-2010-bsod009_falling_in_love
Falling in Love, 2010 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120325071813-2010-bsod010_destruction_of_nature
Destruction of Nature, 2010 Oil on Board 52 X 70 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328110421-2011-cw001_competition_of_the_genes_reduced
Competition of the Genes, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 183 X 60 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328110847-2011-cw009_deep_thoughts_reduced
Deep Thoughts, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 180 X 80 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328111036-2011-cw012_frog_symphony_reduced
Frog Symphony, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 175 X 63 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328111213-2011-cw008__independence_reduced
Independence, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 245 X 82 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328111419-2011-cw011_children_dying_mothers_crying_reduced
Children Dying Mothers Crying, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 180 X 65 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328111545-2011-cw007_nobody_listens_reduced
Nobody Listens, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 176 X 162 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328111713-2011-cw010_round_and_round_reduced
Round and Round, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 180 X 65 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328111904-2011-cw016_living_with_contrast_reduced
Living With Contrast, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 70 X 66 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328112046-2011-cw017_imagining_a_better_future_reduced
Imagining a Better Future, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 66 X 69 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328112216-2011-cw022_faces_of_the_world_reduced
Faces of the World, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 70 X 65 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328112341-2011-cw002__masters_of_the_world_reduced
Masters of the World, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 68 X 193 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328112514-2011-cw003_two_faced_world_reduced
Two Faced World, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 69 X 183 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328112629-2011-cw004_aspects_of_woman_reduced
Aspects of Woman, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 68 X 178 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328112817-2011-cw013_kiss_of_hope_reduced
Kiss of Hope, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 68 X 181 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328112942-2011-cw005_divided_hearts_reduced
Divided Hearts, 2011 Oil on Treated Carved Wood 100 X 148 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328201004-2010-ws002_energy_reduced
Energy, 2010 Oil on Treated Natural Wood 69 X 68 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
20120328201201-2010-ws004_foetus_reduced
Foetus, 2010 Oil on Treated Natural Wood 65 X 71 Cm © Gultekin Bilge / CTA Galleries Ltd
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Cyprus
Birth year
1945
Lives in
Scotland, UK & Turkey
Works in
Scotland, UK & Turkey
Schools
Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts ( Dinçer Erimez Atelier)., 1972, MA in Fine Art
Representing galleries
CTA Galleries Ltd
Tags
abstract expressionist mixed-media painting abstract mixed-media painting painting abstract
Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

I see all life like a painting. My works express my emotions about the world we live in and relationships we develop on a personal, social and political level. Painting reflects my experience of life; with much light and darkness, some events appearing clear on the surface, but many hidden agendas going on in the background. Constant themes I explore are ongoing human struggles about identity, dominance, ideological brainwashing, power and powerlessness, betrayal and double-dealing. I work with fluid forms to create a dense texture composed of many portraits, ranging in size from very large to tiny, some obvious, others hidden deep within the composition. The large portraits provide structure and the smaller portraits are woven into the texture. The large and tiny portraits symbolise how similar patterns of behaviour and events play out in people's personal lives and also at the level of communities, nations and international politics. The large and small juxtaposition is also intended to convey my thoughts about the relationship and impact of world events and major ideologies on the conditions of each person's individual experience. Yet although each person experiences their own individual fragment of the world, there is an identifiable range of emotional responses that are part of our shared human condition.  Oil is the primary medium.  I developed the Turkish Weave, Turkish Whirling and Dissolve techniques by mixing oil paint with alkyds and resins to create my own language of expression that reflects my Turkish cultural heritage.  Since 2010 I began painting on carved wood as a means of breaking free from the convention of working within a rectangular frame.  In 2009 I purchased the trunk of a Cedar Tree and had it sliced horizontally and vertically.  It takes about 18 months to slice, dry, sand, carve and prepare the wood prior to painting. Early influences were Bosch, Rembrandt, Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky, and Chagall, but mostly I work from nature.

BIOGRAPHY

Gültekin Bilge is a Turkish Cypriot Artist, born on 13th October 1945.  He received his M.A. from the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts where he studied under Devrim Erbil and Ali Çelebi before graduating from the atelier of Dinçer Erimez in 1972.   Bilge’s journey through life has not been easy.  He was unable to paint for many years after losing the use of his right hand when he was shot in the 1974 Cyprus War.  This injury led to a very dark period in his life, full of anger, pain, frustration, and an increased sense of personal and political powerlessness, isolation and loss of identity.  These emotions find full expression in his artworks.  During the long period of recovery he worked as an art teacher whilst following developments in contemporary art and searching for ways to create his own unique style that could be recognised as Turkish. He returned to painting full time in 2005. Since then he has worked at a furious pace to build up a portfolio of work. From 2006 his work was exhibited for five years in Lefkosia (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus). Since moving to UK in 2011, he has exhibited in USA, Australia, Japan and throughout Europe, winning several awards.

More information about the artist and an online gallery of his Original Artworks and Limited Edition Prints can be viewed on his website.