Pinar Ture Gursoy

Born in: 1965 ,Turkey
Lives in: Istanbul, Turkey
Education: BA in Urban and Regional Planning, Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul
BA in Philosophy, Anadolu University (Honors)
MSc in Museum Management, Istanbul University
Describe your art in 3 words: Expressionist, Figurative, Emotional
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Deux Filles - Oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm €5,200

"They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered." (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

For Pinar Ture Gursoy, a contemporary artist from Istanbul, on the other hand, intimacy becomes something to be expressed and told, something that is strongly intertwined with her artistic production. Her works consist mainly of portraits, where emotions are so dense that they extend beyond the canvas.

What themes does your work involve?
My current approach in the painting is to reveal all the emotions I want to express through the female body female figure (rebellion, anger, depression, melancholy, unhappiness, loneliness, amazement, fear, harassment, love, compassion, etc.)
Describe your creative process.
I can say that the creative period is actually a painful process. First of all, I leave the current events happening in my country and the world as an incubator in the maturation process in my mind. Then, when some ideas mature and become clear in my head and can be painted, I first decide on the material to transfer them. (wood, canvas, paper, etc.) Then I decide on the paint material and then the colors and the palette. (acrylic, oil colour, drawing, ink..) I construct the medium and palette relationship. Sometimes I work in detail on just one canvas or I paint on several canvases at once. Realising that a work is finished is like time, experience, sense of golden ratio and mileage. Even if enough time has passed over an artwork you may feel like it isn't complete and you can retouch.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Actually, I have to answer this question from two angles. In one hand, the almost family tradition of architecture and my first university degree in urban planning; that's why famous designer architects inspired me, especially Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, Hungarian Marcel Breuer, etc. I created many seating elements are frequently seen in my paintings with this inspiration.On the other hand dominant character of the art world who especially the figure works of Pablo Picasso's blue period, the pioneer and genius Spanish artist Czech painter Frantiśek Kupka, the French painter Balthus (Balthazar), the Irish painter Francis Bacon, the Austrian painter Egon Schiele and the English painter Lucian Freud. All these painters were a guide for me to find and reveal the souls of women in my past.
What are your goals and plans as an artist in 2023?
My dream project in 2023 is to plan an exhibition about women's rights and their life purpose. Because right now my country has left the Istanbul Convention with a wrong decision. And this situation makes women who are already insecure in these lands even more vulnerable, fragile and close to death.
How do recent advancements in technology affect your art practice? How may recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (image generator software) affect the definition of fine art?
What will happen to artificial intelligence in the context of art? I do not position AI as a competitor. I see it as a tool that will help me to develop and boost me, as well as a very talented upper mind. When used correctly, technology is our friend in every field and something that elevates humanity. Yes, we can't keep up with its speed, it will definitely produce much faster than us, but together with it, we can also produce new solutions and update our own speed, technique and products.
What is the role of the artist today?
Art is a natural act like breathing, a way of expression for me. I guess I couldn't have lived otherwise, it's such a vital issue. In this period, the role of the artist must be extremely sensitive, guiding, stimulating and open to everything that affects people. He should know and continue to be the person who sets the trends, makes intellectual journeys beyond his age, back to the present time and the future, and performs this in his art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art? Yes, this is a really very hard question. For me a piece of art great makes deeply touches and shakes from the heart. Because on this planet, women, children and people who are considered weak have problems, pain and intense sorrows. Making people feel this by painting and inviting people to be most sensitive is what I actually want to do. And I think that's the most important thing I assume in a great work of art.
Deux Filles - Oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm €5,200
Arrogant - Oil on canvas 80 x 80 cm €2,100
À la Plage - Oil on canvas 100 x 80 cm €4,500
On the Armchair with a white cat - Oil on canvas 70 x 100 cm €3,400


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist

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