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Gülfem Kessler


Turkey

5 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Gülfem Kessler

Black Sun

2022

60 x 70cm

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Free Spirit

2022

60 x 70cm

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Warrior

2018

50 x 65cm

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Homeland Security

2020

70 x 100cm

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On Mother's Lap

2020

70 x 100cm

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(b. 1966, Ankara) The artist studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Painting and Graphics Department in The Hague in the Netherlands between 1993-1998 and at Mimar Sinan University Fine Arts Faculty Özer Kabaş Workshop between 1996-1997.
About Gülfem Kessler's work: “My connection with art, my connection with myself, my connection with life have the same meanings. Portraits are a stylistic choice that I have enjoyed expressing myself since I started to paint, and I am a prime minister, because I see an endless variety and possibilities in expressing human psychology, subconscious and superior, in portraits. The human face is the first shape we perceive, the form we first make sense of in our infancy, on a face, and the expression of emotions begins on the first face. Revival, piercing, bleeding, happiness, peace, intoxication of pleasure or feeling the pleasure that reminiscence once created in me with the same intensity, the expression of all contradictions, the transformation of emotions into a manic adventure on the face... That's how I try to make you feel what I'm feeling. I am investigating the depiction of the future with the mimics of the past. I transfer the traces and different reflections that people create on me to painting, create new expressions and explore things that I have not seen or seen. I like to surprise those who witness my work with a color and form variety, so I don't hesitate to change my technique and color preferences. I started painting by mixing powder paint with egg yolk and making my own colors. Actually, this was the first thing we were taught in the paint and color class at the academy. We all had to make our own paint, so that we could develop a mastery of color and paint density. This technique fascinated me and I mainly focused on pigment work. I started, the transparent layers were liberating me. Today, I still mostly construct my painting with the pigment technique and then sometimes I complete it with acrylic and sometimes oil paint, but pigment is my indispensable beginning. Apart from that, my ink, paper and charcoal pen works, as a result of my nomadic conditions, also led to the emergence of my drawings when I did not have a settled order.”