Artwork of the Week
"Centaur" is one of the most important paintings of Komet. While the theme represents the patterns of Mesopotamian, Anatolian and Greek legends, it combines mythological stories with contemporary interpretations. It reveals Komet's fascination with the legends and mythologies of the ancient world. In this painting, the artist uses the most interesting of the supernatural creatures, the Centaurs, as a symbol of civilization. The mythological story of these half-human, half-horse creatures begins in Mesopotamia, takes shape in Anatolia and extends to the Greek civilizations. While Chiron, the most knowledgeable and talented of the Centaurs is depicted in the painting, the pictorial design as well as the story overlaps with the fictional and fantastic qualities of the space. For this reason, the “Centaur” painting is regarded as a very important masterpiece determining the resources that feed Komet, his art, and the unique ties he has established with these sources.
News of the Week
"Row Gently, Don’t Let the Moonlight Awaken”, a Taner Ceylan exhibition organized in Turkey after 15 years, is on show at the Mehmet Emin Ağa Mansion in Kanlıca until 16 October. The artist draws inspiration from the hidden gems of Istanbul while re-discovering the historical buildings, different districts and stories of the city in his works, which he has created by observing Istanbul from different perspectives since 2019. The exhibition, named after Yahya Kemal Beyatlı's poem "Ode to Çubuklu”, brings together the spirit of the period and Taner Ceylan's contemporary interpretation. The exhibition is created in cooperation with the design office Autoban and Hikmet Mizanoğlu who features site-specific object installations inspired by the works in the exhibition. Taner Ceylan’s discovery of history that started with the "Lost Paintings Series" produced between 2010 - 2013 and exhibited at his solo exhibition at Kasmin Gallery New York continues with his new works around the untold stories of the Ottoman Empire.
Artist of the Week
Painter and poet Gürkan Coşkun, aka Komet, was born in 1941 in Çorum. He studied at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University between 1960 – 1967 and continued his art education in 1971 at Vincence University in Paris where he went with a state scholarship. Meanwhile, he began to produce works that are based on the mysterious world of the subconscious but still linked to reality. Establishing an independent and unique style after 1981, the artist often portrayed people without identity while sharing a common "panic" state where the sense of time-space is uncertain. Dealing with subjects such as personal experiences, current problems, and the socialization process of humanity with his unique style, Komet has become one of the most important names of Turkish painting since the 1960s. Gürkan Coşkun passed away recently, leaving his mark with his paintings and poems, just like his pseudonym “Komet”, which means comet.