Gulgun Aliriza

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"Sense of Space", 2017 Oil On Canvas 48 X 60 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
"The Shape of an Idea", 2016 Oil On Canvas 24 X 24 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
"Red Monodrama", 2017 Oil On Canvas 60 X 48 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
"Shape of an Idea with Seashell", 2017 Oil On Canvas 14 X 18 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
"Untitled/Prosody", 2017 Oil On Canvas 48 X 72 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
Apology of the Philosopher, 2016 Oil On Canvas 20 X 20 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
"In Between/Greek Head", 2017 Oil On Canvas 12 X 24 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
"In Between/Orange Star", 2017 Oil On Canvas 24 X 24 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
"In the Middle", 2017 Oil On Canvas 10 X 10 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
"Monolithos Series #3", 2017 Oil On Canvas 8 X 8 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
The Secret Messages , 2010 Oil On Masonite 48 X 45 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
2B Red, 2010 Oil On Masonite 23 X 23 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
Untitled (Bathers), 2010 Oil On Canvas 19 X 18.5 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
“Messages in Landscape”, 2010 Oil On Masonite 48 X 45 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
End of Summer, 2010 Oil On Masonite 16 X 15.5 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
"Untitled", 2009 Oil On Masonite 48" X 45.5" © Gulgun Aliriza
Portrait I, 2007 Oil On Wood 12 X12 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
The Secret Messages, 2010 Oil On Wood 48 X 45 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
“Plant Grows and Laugh at Our Eyes I”, 2007 Oil On Canvas 12 X 16 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
“Osiris the Ram”, 2008 Oil On Birch Wood 48 X 24 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
Drawing I, 2007 Oil On Canvas 16 X 12 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
Tell Him not to Go to the Forest #1, 2009 Oil On Wood 22 X 24 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
The Eye Goes Blind When it Only Wants to See Why #4, 2007 Oil On Canvas 16 X 12 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
The Secret Messages, 2011 Oil On Wood Panel 45 X 48 Inches © Gulgun Aliriza
The Secret Messages, 2011 Oil On Wood Board 45x48"
Quick Facts
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Western Connecticut State University, 2007, MFA
SUNY Purchase College, 2005, BFA
landscape, figurative

GULGUN ALIRIZA is a Cypriot-born American painter who lives and works in New York.  She received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase with Summa Cum Laude in 2005 and her MFA from Western Connecticut University in 2007. She continued her studies with Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School, NYC, and with Susanna Coffey. She is the recipient of several grants and a residency program awards. In 2007, she was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Aliriza has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout the Northeast. In 2013 her work was featured in "The Power of Place" at Hudson Vallery Center for Contemporary Art. In 2013, she had a solo show, “The Poetics of Excess”, at the Blue Mountain Gallery, NY. In October 31, 2017, she will have her second solo show, "Spatial Journeys" at the Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC and her work will be featured in “Thinking Big” at Westbeth Gallery, NYC.

Artist Statement 

As a painter, my main concern has been a formal and intellectual approach to explore color, form, shape, light, surface and texture. I focus on life and objects in my immediate surroundings through portrait, landscape and still-life motifs by using traditional materials. For me, painting is a physical and dynamic process that develops organically upon the surface of the canvas. Working from perception enables me to have a private dialogue with a particular setting and create a strong connection between my subject, the painted object and the process itself – which becomes a very satisfying experience.

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