Thomas FRONTINI / Hassan MASSOUDY
Birce YILDIZ / Hakan POYRAZ
Mathilde MELEK AN / Rüstem BATUM
Yiğit DÜNDAR /
Birce Yıldız, was born in Istanbul. In 2003, she did Master's Degree on Painting at Mimar Sinan University , Faculty of Fine Arts. She is an artist who has her own studio, still continues painting and has work of art in various collections both in Turkey and abroad.
Birce Yıldız, whose work of art can be described as abstract expressionist, not only searches for the relationship between spiritual dimention and the world of the materials around us; but also studies the formation of the universe, its order and its structure. The artist thinks that all the forms we see around us are fluid in essence and variable.
Moreover, they are constantly on the move and the reflection of spiritual level. The artist says that "I imagine that the pieces of energy are quickly moving and waving in the air," and adds: "Energy turns with a certain movement and converts itself to forms, objects, substances, water and air; therefore I try to capture these movements and give a shape to them as if I capture one real image of the movement and make it stabilized. Essence of Substance, Movement, Variability, Mobility, Formation, Universe, The Formation of The Order, Repeated Forms In Nature, Loop are the concepts that creates the general problematic of the paintings belong to Birce Yildiz.
Thomas Frontini is a Canadian born artist raised in Kingston, Ontario of Italian and English descent. Thomas’ education in the arts began in art restoration and conservation in Florence Italy, on to receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and then receiving his Masters of Fine art from the Ohio State University. After finishing his formal education, Thomas moved to New York City working as a studio artist and while working for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Thomas does draw a lot upon his ancestry and his exposure to Italian art as he develops each new body of work. Thomas has had exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, and Hong Kong and is a part of a large amount of various collections both private and corporate. He currently resides and works out of his home and studio in Cleveland, Ohio.
Massoudy was born in 1944 in Iraq, and emigrated to France in 1969. Today he is one the most celebarted calligraphy artists. He breaks with the traditional black ink format of Arabic calligraphy by introducing colours, particularly on his work on large size paper, to better express himself. While creating his new pieces, he put together another show, focusing on improvisations, called 'Calligraphy of light and shade.'
"Indeed, lovers of exoticism and antique may be disappointed. Hassan Massoudy is not the living fossil of the old Arabic calligraphy. He is an artist of our time. His art belongs to that very end of the twentieth century, despite the ancestral roots that he immerses in the tradition of the Orient" /Michel Tournier/.
Hakan Poyraz was born in 1986 in Ulm, Germany, where he later attended the BEVA Atelier-Kunstschule. In 2011 he completed Media Design vocational education at German newspaper Südwest Presse. He studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Bavaria, and participated in the Erasmus program at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul.
During his time at BEVA Poyraz acquainted himself with multiple art techniques and he has now created his own style integrating graffiti, stencil art, graphic design, photography, and dripping techniques.
Poyraz uses plexiglass instead of traditional canvases as he feels it gives an added brilliance to the spray painted colors in his works.
Mathilde MELEK AN
A blend of intercultural identities, her artwork is a product of her French and Turkish heritage, highlighting the fusion of the oriental and western cultures. From a cultural perspective the artist wanted to focus on the link between present and past generations, and their ties to their respective contemporary society. Just as many might in her generation, she shares the desire to become emancipated and to take advantage of the cultural blend to create a new perspective on art form.
Her art reflects a blend between the individual and collective thoughts, leading to a new cultural construction of tradition and modernity. On this bridge of identities, begins then an evolutionary journey towards an endless quest for identity.
She explains: "My origins and my youthful female self constitute my entire identity. It has been derived from a cause in the past and has an effect in the future; it’s not an end, but continuity. My artwork, the image- photographical, archival and video, projected, printed or as patterns-depicts different cultural codes. It is a perpetual pursuit of knowledge, a zeal for adventure and discoveries, and a mission for life."
Rüstem Batum was born in Istanbul. He got his B.A degree in Producing and Directing for TV and Film, from I.A.D. (Institut des Arts de Diffusion–Universite Catholique de Louvain), Belgium. He founded Zoom Productions and produced and directed more than 100 TV commercials. He moved to Los Angeles and worked for SIPA Press for 5 years as a photojournalist. He also had his own studio and worked as a fashion and advertising photographer. His photographs were published in several publications worldwide in over 50 countries. After moving back to Turkey he produced and hosted his own TV Talk shows. Mr.Batum has also produced and directed a series of documentary films about several cities of the world and a feature length documentary film entitled “Which Cyprus”. He published his second book and first novel entitled ”One” in 2015. After a long career as a TV journalist-talk show host and documentary films director he started exhibiting his paintings and photographs since 2006.
Born in Konya in 1987, the painter who started to follow his passion for painting at the age of three, comes to be known as an internationally recognized artist. Subsequent to his graduation in 2005 from the Faculty of Architecture at Yeditepe University, Dündar attended the post-graduate program in plastic arts at the same university.
Influenced by the Renaissance and Baroque era artists, the painter who wished to have lived in that period, says being taken with those artists’ endless courage that shaped his art. Dündar's paintings are a modern interpretation of the classical Renaissance and Baroque style. His aim is to reach a personal expression between a figurative and realistic search and concept in the contemporary painting art. Human being is at the centerpiece of the paintings of the artist who follows main influences without losing from his own nature.