Painter re­veals his own ‘in­ner mythol­ogy’ at ex­hibit

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Culture & Arts -

PAINTER Ah­met Özel’s 26th solo ex­hi­bi­tion, “Mo­ments,” opens to­mor­row at Gallery Bo­hem and runs un­til Oct. 31. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in many events and ex­hi­bi­tions at home and abroad, he has pre­pared a col­lec­tion of his lat­est works that com­bine themes such as divine at­mos­phere, shaman, cure, heaven, an­gel and seeds with the con­cept mo­ment. Var­i­ous pieces by the artist, such as oil paint­ings on can­vas and col­lages, are rep­re­sented. Not­ing he cre­ates his paint­ings with sym­bols from his in­ner mythol­ogy in par­tic­u­lar, the artist im­plies feel­ings. He says that feel­ings about his en­vi­ron­ment and his own feel­ings are in­flu­en­tial in his works.

Özel, who es­pe­cially deals with forms of heal­ing in his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, uses an ab­stract style. “Ab­stract style is ac­tu­ally hid­den in our­selves. It is the real re­flec­tion of forms and styles wait­ing to be re­vealed. Even if I have a tra­di­tional ab­stract style, the things that I have pro­duced are ex­tremely re­al­is­tic,” Özel told Daily Sabah.

Not­ing the time­less­ness of his pieces, he de­scribes this time­less­ness as an eter­nal sea of mean­ing. He says that there is a life against this con­cept of time in “Mo­ments.” “I think ‘Mo­ments’ is a re­flec­tion that is shaped with all of our past lives and a break­where past and fu­ture in­ter­sect. I have tried to turn this re­flec­tion into an artis­tic form,” Özel said.

Peo­ple want­ing to see the com­bi­na­tion of such themes can visit “Mo­ments,” which is an in­ner mem­ory of the artist him­self, at Gallery Bo­hem.

Ah­met Özel, “Gate of the Par­adise,” 77x40 cm.

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