Şahinkaya paintings at Versus Art Project
Nearly 100 oil paintings by Emel Şahinkaya can be seen until Aprill 11.The Versus Art Project, in collaboration with Karşı Sanat Çalışmaları, is presenting an exhibition by one of the most dignified Turkish artists and a notable figure in the history of Turkish painting, Emel Şahinkaya.
Şahinkaya describes gardens, which are the subjects of most of her paintings, as the most peaceful form of the transcendental door of the universe. She transfers the handwritings of the soul to the canvas with her intended choice of melancholy while bringing a striking volume to the surface with the use of color, light and shadow.
The title of the exhibition, “The Gardens of Terror,” is a remarkable expression used by famous poet Cemal Süreyya to describe Şahinkaya’s work. “Some wait in peace, some wait nervously; for Cemal, my gardens were full of terror,” the poet said.
With nearly 100 paintings which make us feel the effect of Caravaggio and Gaugin, the exhibition will run at Versus Art Project and Counter Art Studies at Beyoğlu Hanif Han until April 11.