"Using color stains and various contrasts, I value the formation of balanced plastic editing with an energetic idea of mobility and rhythm. Sometimes the colors get the lines that give the pattern taste. It's Vassily Kandinsky who I'm an example of abstract expressionism that inspires me."
Turkish artist, Semra Hasgüleç was born in 1957 in Manisa. She began painting at an early age. “My father painted beautiful paintings, wood carvings, furniture design, and he wanted me to be a painter. We used to paint starting from elementary school and we'd really enjoy it,” she describes.
After finishing high-school, Semra went on to graduate the Instabul State Academy of Fine Arts (Mimar Sinan University) and then worked for an advertising agency for a long time. In 1984, she worked at the Prof. Giselbert Hoke's workshop at the International Salzburg Summer Academy where she attended with a scholarship from the Austrian government. Upon return to Turkey, she participated in many exhibitions.
Semra was the dead of an advertising agency as well as founded her own agency for many years. "I always thought of ads like pictures."
In 2007, she founded "Semart" painting workshop where she also taught painting. For Semra it is very important to make students love painting.
Her paintings are in national and international collections and she has received numerous awards including at the 6th Istanbul Exhibition competition, 1985, Istanbul Painting And Sculpture Museum, Besiktas - Istanbul. Semra opened her first exhibition in 1986 at State Fine Arts Gallery, Beyoğlu/Istanbul. In 2021 she participated at the 3eme Salon International d'Art Contemporain Esc – Alzette to receive her second award, in Luxembourg.
"Working in my studio always gives me peace of mind, like we're all together here with my books, my paints, all my materials. When I don't paint, I'm like talking to them. Sometimes I develop projects in my head. Sometimes when I paint, I feel like I'm winged."
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