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My new artist statement

15 Apr 2014

After leaving Istanbul as a political refugee in 1986, I lived in London where I worked as a doctor for 23 years. In recent years art has taken over my life; painting the views and people of London and Istanbul in oils.

I always had an interest in politics and human rights.  My latest paintings have been inspired by the protests in Istanbul and the severe handling of demonstrators by police. “ResIstanbul” series started with the iconic image of an urban architect who was sprayed with pepper gas while she stood in Gezi Park, Taksim square (Resistanbul, Woman in Red). “Do not Report” depicts an attack on a female reporter in Ankara. ‘Two Journalists at Work” are from a photograph taken on the 1st of May protests in Istanbul last year. Crimea has historical links with my home town Istanbul. ‘Chase Putin Away’ is one of my latest paintings, the inspiration of the name comes from a Pussy Riot song. 

I am in love with the two beautiful cities I live in, both London and Istanbul. I enjoy painting the townscapes at different times of the day, with or without the inhabitants.

I have exhibited in the Mall Galleries on a number of occasions, at the Gallery in the Crypt, Lauderdale House and the Royal Society of Medicine, where I was awarded The Baron’s Prize by the Medical Art Society.

I am a member of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, Medical Art Society and the North London Artists Network.    

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