Technique & Idea

Technique & Idea

Technique and idea are separate subjects but they go beautifully together. There is no harm from a little inspiration until the technique is developed. But after it is, you should have a strong idea to be creative and unique.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

I started my arts education in 1998 at an art school in Florence with a 6-month art education programme. After that, I attended the Graphic Arts department of Marmara University, Fine Arts Faculty. I established LEMONADE “Refreshing Ideas” advertising agency upon graduation. I started post graduate studies in Yeditepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Graphic Department around the middle of my career. I’ve been interested in art for the past 5 years. I have introduced my art in Turkey for the past two years now. Especially after I participated in Contemporary Istanbul, my reputation in the arts community has boosted.

When did you notice you had talent in plastic arts?

To be honest, I wasn’t the one to first notice that. It should be my mom. She’s still keeping my water color painting from when I was four in a frame. Of course, when you see that there are more drawings on your notebooks then notes, you can notice that I have a gift in this field.

Are there any famous artists you follow?

M.C. Escher, Dali, Jean Michael Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol.

We are hearing your name more and more every day with the new pieces you create. Can you tell us a bit about project Hercules?

The main idea was to bring a god into life and make him a part of the modern world. This god was Hercules to me because he was half man. A part of him wanted to be with us. So, I moved from this idea to make Hercules a part of today’s world both in my pictures and sculptures. I think what’s different here is that a known figure is used again after 400 years.

What is your inspiration when it comes to your sculptures?

Life, people, events and the new things that come out when all these collide in my head.

What are your new goals after these great accomplishments?

I want to become an internationally renowned artist and well-known abroad and mark my name under projects that bring together art-design world.

What would you advise the younger generation interested in arts?

Be brave on the condition that you are original. Technique and idea are separate subjects but they go beautifully together. There is no harm from a little inspiration until the technique is developed. But after it is, you should have a strong idea to be creative and unique.

Tolga ÖZTÜRK