The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle
Using domestic materials, such as parchment paper and twine, I create tactile woven pieces.
They are simple, humble, unassuming.
They seek to be the calm space, the breathing space, the 'ma' in a place.
The materials are so important because they hold the significance, they allude to our relationship with our homes, with making food, nurturing and comforting.
The art that I make which I think is most interesting, or successful, is not that which is planned. It has been a journey of discovery, responding to the materials and their inherent values.
Which artists use materials that are significant to you?
ALI ZÜLFIKAR // WAR CHILDREN -6 // PENCIL ON PAPER // 74x54 CM // Ali Zülfikar was born in 1971 in Milelis, Turkey. He studied at the Firat University in Elazig with the famous Turkish painter, Prof. Memduh Kuzay.
Zülfikar's works have been admired for many years by many art lovers worldwide.
So far they have been shown in about 170 different international individual and group exhibitions and museums.
The masterful large-sized, detailed paintings of portraits on canvas and handmade paper as well as paintings with a traditional Turkish, plant-based woolen color (whose nature is a mystery and an invention of Zülfikar) characterize his high-caliber style. His observation and perception is woven into the canvas with his pencil with the precision of a surgeon in each of his portraits.
The artist succeeds even in the highest goal of every portraitist, to imitate and make visible the soul, the life of a human being, in a very special way. Above all, the portraits of elderly people in earth-colored tones develop under his hand an intensity and expressiveness that deeply touch the viewer.
These people emanate tranquility, looseness, wisdom and dignity, in spite of, or precisely because of their age; They look back at the experiences of existence, which is manifested in their folds, the cracked structures of the skin, and all their incisions. But their gaze - partly awake and distinctly alive, partly mediative - and their bearings integrated in a harmonious line-up, point to a sublimeness that leads to a new, positive interpretation of the theme "age". At the same time, he creates a special flair for the young people in all their diversity and energy and with their hopes in their eyes on the screen. All his portraits are energetic and mysterious.
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Last Saturday at @labodegagallery in @sandiego. Exhibiting artists used vinyl records and their chosen medium, creating a cohesive showcase of what this city is creatively capable of. Thanks for having me! Was a fun show.