MURAT KÜRÜZ: CATWOMEN STORIES —
Where does the analogy of the Woman and the Cat derive from?
“The commonalities between them is that they can both be labeled as ‘anarchistic’, meaning, you can’t make them do something that they don’t want to. They will do it if they are willing. Don’t waste your time. They won’t blindly follow you and be obedient, and, if you insist, they won’t hesitate to use their nails and claws. Like women, cats also expect love, caring, and attention. They spread joy through their beauty and charm,” says artist Murat Kürüz, who is also a caricaturist, humorist, and animation film maker. He is also a prolific writer, having authored six theatrical plays and musicals, and five books.
His sense of humor has a vital place in his work. He started his career as a cartoonist working for two of Turkey’s most famed humor magazines, GIRGIR and FIRT, later on becoming one of the founders of LIMON. His cartoonist background gives another dimension to his paintings. While his naïve and primitive style will make you smile, his paintings are actually the products of contemplative, extensive, and detailed work. One may notice, that, along with his use of symbols, he strives to whisk the viewer away from a harsh world and into a more sympathetic one.