Category Archives: istanbul

Swimming the distance of memory

Geographies of paintings done and redone. Having walked the long-mediated underground from the Metro station into the glammy Zorlu centre, arriving in Mamon, announced as it is, 250 m  then 150m, then 100 only; a grey airless tunnel and I … Continue reading

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Late night maneuvering for Open Studio 2013

Photograph: Ya2eed Kamaldien http://yazkam.wordpress.com/ What is it about the prospect of an open studio that pulls me back into the paint, has me reworking a painting that has been la2ily checking me out from a corner of the studio. Or how … Continue reading

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Picturing the homes of two heroes (kahraman (Tr): hero)

I often have occasion to pass by the pink yali on the Bosphorus where Argonauts one of my recent Istanbul paintings now lives. Paying the painting and the home of its discerning collectors, the  Kahraman family a visit I was … Continue reading

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Thinking about Running and Painting

Sometimes I run to my studio along the Bosphorus. A way to get my vision tuned afresh. The fishing boats are out casting their yellow spirals and pitching their tents on the silvery plains. Hot sepia tea is being served … Continue reading

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Drawing the line

Heading back into the studio, pots of glaze lined up on the table, all geared up to paint Jane’s pots; what a treat. Another good way to get back into things if you got out of them is to go … Continue reading

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Dreaming with the giantesses of the Acropolis

Still dreaming with the giantesses on the Acropolis. In the vast, contemporary space of the New Acropolis Museum, the Charyatids, now freed and 12 feet tall, powerfully transmit their magic for all time. What is it about their marble contours … Continue reading

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Shifting shapes on the Bosphorous

Its been a while since I’ve been here. Most days find me walking next to the Bosphorous or working in my new garden studio. That sounds rather too “World of Interiors” for this particular space which lies somewhere between a … Continue reading

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Walkabout in Istanbul

Tomorrow I conduct a “walkabout” of my exhibition “Ships and Dreams” currently showing at Arnavutkoy Gallery in Arnavutkoy, Istanbul. Where I come from it is fairly common practice to return to your exhibition after its opening, at a designated time … Continue reading

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In Praise of beauty: Susan Sontag on Howard Hodgkin’s paintings

Revisiting my art books scattered in various homes across the land, I come across this gem from Susan Sontag on the Venice paintings of Howard Hodgkin, and it immediately takes me back to Istanbul: Venice once again. Imagining the imagined. … Continue reading

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A fresh look at a beautiful city

I was recently asked to write something about “beauty” for the January edition of the IWI International Women of Istanbul) magazine Lale so here it is… Venturing into landscape painting in the climate of contemporary art making is a perverse … Continue reading

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