Category Archives: visual arts

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 ┬áKahraman family a visit I was … Continue reading

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What do you do when you are not working?

Curator and writer Douglas Dreishpoon from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo in the US has got me thinking. Trace this back to my friend Isin, whose Masters/ PHD in Curatorship I have been proof reading, and the reason I have … 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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heritage

Hibernating at home to update my portfolio. And so to write my biography. Or as my dear ceramicist friend Jane Young said this week ” acknowledge your heritage”. Like a painting there are many layers to this. My mother Lindsay … Continue reading

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