Birce YILDIZ / Elif Gülen
Rüstem BATUM / Thomas FRONTINI
Yiğit YAZICI /
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.
Elif was born in Baltimore, USA. She moved with her family back to Turkey and lived most of her life in Turkey. After graduating with a BA in Graphic Design, she traveled the world for a year taking photos in numerous countries such as Cuba, Yemen and China. She opened an exhibition of her black and white Cuba photographs at the British Council, Ankara.
After finishing her master's degree she photographed and filmed the urban transformation of Galata. In 2011 she completed a long term first documentary by showing the changes in a building before and after renovation and getting the impressions of the new owners.
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.
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.
Born in Bursa in 1969. Graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts at Mimar Sinan University in 1992. Lives and works in İstanbul.
Some of Exhibitons:
2012: art56th Gallery, Beirut Art Fair, 5-8 July 2012
2011: The Istanbul Summer Exhibition, June 8 – July 15, Antrepo 5, Istanbul
Next Artfair, Tally Beck Contemporary, Chicago USA
ArtMRKT, Tally Beck Contemporary, San Francisco USA
April 28 - May 1, Art Bosphorus, Bali Art Gallery, Istanbul
2010: Art Asia Miami Hat Art Fruit, December 1-5 , Miami USA
Asian Art 2010 Tally Beck Contemporary, October New York, NY USA
Look into your self, Bali Art Gallery, 7-18 October, İstanbul
Oksijen, La Table de Tee Tally Beck Contemporary, Bangkok Thailand
Yigit Yazıcı Painting Exhibition, Armoni Art Gallery, March 12 – April 5, Ankara