ABOUT SELMA GÜRBÜZ - BALKAN NACİ İSLİMİYELİ -GÜRBÜZ D. EKŞİOĞLU

Selma Gürbüz was born in 1960 in Istanbul, began her fine art education at the Exeter College of Art and Design in the United Kingdom in 1980. She graduated from the Department of Painting of Marmara University's Faculty of Fine Art in 1984. Gürbüz has participated in numerous exhibitions in Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires, Barcelona and several cities in Japan. Her works can be found in the collections of the British Museum, Galerie Maeght, Istanbul Modern, and the Ankara Art and Sculpture Museum.  Selma Gürbüz's human-animal hybrid entities, her genderless figures defined by black shadows that she frequently uses in her works and that seem to belong to another world, and her depictions of plants and animals, which evoke the feeling of being taken from an ambiguous cross-section of nature, create a mischievous, playful and unique artistic style when combined with her rich imagination. The artist shares the dreams, fears, inner journeys, and themes of life and death found in our collective memory as she narrates different stories in her works; this way, she urges us to face these thoughts and overcome them.(November 5, 2020 – August 1, 2021)

Balkan Naci Islimyeli is a Contemporary painter who was born in 1947.He works in photography, writing, painting, sculpture, and performance, and the themes he addresses include time, tradition, memory, personal and cultural identity. Since the 1970s he has produced works that question the dynamic structure of synchronicity, fiction, and space, thanks to his interest in cinema. İslimyeli might include his own handwriting in a selfportrait to represent personal identity and humans in general. He scrutinizes his own position between East and West, past and present, while likewise forcing viewers to reconsider their own positions within the cultural chaos of Turkey today, and the country’s place in the contemporary world.

Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu was born in Mesudiye, Ordu. In 1979, he graduated from the Graphic Arts Department of the State School of Applied Fine Arts (Current Name: Marmara University Graphic Design Department). He worked in an advertising agency for 1 year, and became a research assistant in 1981, completing his qualification (doctorate) in art in 1986. The artist is the recipient of 27 international and 44 national awards. He also received the 1997 Sedat Simavi Visual Arts Award. He opened 34 solo exhibitions, 3 of them abroad. His artworks have been published in more than 30 countries. His 7 cover works were published on New Yorker magazine, and one cover work was published on Forbes magazine. His numerous illustrations were published in the New York Times newspaper.  He is a jury member in many national and international competitions. The artist, who is still working as a staff member at Yeditepe University Faculty of Fine Arts, continues his studies in his studio in Moda.

Unforgettable Glory from Three Artists:

'CAT EYE'

Gallery G-Art brings together three important artists. Balkan Naci İslimiyeli, Selma Gürbüz and Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu, who are known for their passion for cats, shape their passion with a joint exhibition.

The exhibition titled 'Cat's Eye'; An unforgettable beautification from three artists to cats, who have always won the admiration of artists, with their free creation, their unique abilities in creating a special world, their mysterious side, their perfect anatomy and elegance...

We will witness a brand new vision produced from the synthesis of the cat's eye and the artist's eye in the exhibition, which includes approximately 30 works with different techniques.

Balkan Naci İslimiyeli, Selma Gürbüz and Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu dedicate their exhibitions to the memory of Cihat Burak, whom we know as the greatest cat lover of Turkish Painting. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book containing all the works and posters that will be welcomed by cats and art lovers. There is no doubt that this comprehensive exhibition on cats, which has been a source of inspiration for many creators, will certainly attract the attention of art lovers of all ages.