Five contemporary miniaturists from Türkiye

Turkish miniature paintings reached their peak in the 16th century, when they were mainly prepared for sultans.

Islamic miniature painting means small paintings that were once part of a manuscript. They are often classified into four regional schools: Arabic, Persian, Indian and Ottoman Turkish.

The oldest surviving miniature paintings were made around AD 1000.

Turkish miniatures, often called taswir Where nakish, were an art form in the Ottoman Empire, related to Persian and Chinese miniature traditions. The word “miniature” first appeared to refer to the use of minimum (red lead pigment), not their size.

Turkish miniature paintings reached their peak in the 16th century, when they were mainly intended for sultans. A distinctive feature of this art usually illustrated the political and social events of the time.

Today many artists carry on the tradition of Islamic miniature painting but with a twist.

Here, TRT World takes a look at five contemporary Turkish artists reshaping the art form.

Murat Palta

The 32-year-old Turkish artist sparked a huge wave of interest in his works after he began blending traditional Ottoman art and contemporary Western cinema into a single miniature painting.

Introducing a new twist to this classic art form, Palta has miniaturized famous films such as Star Wars, Kill Bill and The Godfather. He had also designed the album cover for Apple Music’s “Top of the Line: Türkiye” list.

Ahmet Farouk Yilmaz

Yilmaz is known for reflecting the heritage of the past with modern buildings in his illustrations, reinterpreting the traditional miniature in a contemporary way.

According to an interview with Bayt Al Fann, an online and print publication that highlights Islamic arts, culture and heritage, Yilmaz is from the Fatih district of Istanbul, a graduate student in the Department of Modern Turkish Studies at the Ibn Haldun University, where he is now a lecturer.

Islamic architecture and urban planning are at the heart of his work.

“I was born and raised in Fatih, the historic center of Istanbul. I admired the monumental structures as living witnesses of Ottoman culture and civilization throughout my childhood,” he told Bayt Al Fann.

“Besides that, I was very interested in the more minor traditional civilian architectural elements. Wooden houses, fountains, cemeteries and historical bazaars became a fairy tale channel that built my relationship with history.

He has stated that he prefers brighter tones in his works because the rough colors of miniatures have always appealed to him.

“I also try to create a childlike feeling with my colors. It brings some criticism, but I don’t plan on sacrificing my bright colors to it.

Onur Hasturk

This visual artist is best known for his work where he combines the style of Islamic painting with contemporary art. Focusing on traditional expressions of gilding and miniature painting during his university years, Hasturk specialized in classical Ottoman miniature painting.

“Oriental miniatures made me aware of all the forms of sensory perception possible for me. With the type of paint used in these miniatures, this art expresses a vast and truly unique field. It helped me get rid of copycat paint,” he told Yuzu magazine.

In 2017, in his thematic series “Mythology”, exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, Hasturk applied the Ottoman miniature to a new type of paper surface, the Starbucks coffee cup.

Gulay Pelin

Award-winning miniature artist PelinContemporary art charmingly connects Turkish miniatures from the past to the present.

His work is classified as traditional and contemporary, inspired by traditional Turkish motifs and Ottoman calligraphy.

“The fusion of traditional and contemporary miniature art in its uniqueness and intricacy provides a delightful experience that is too engrossing for viewers to explore further with each look,” she said. said.

Alakuş has been practicing miniature art for 35 years (Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/AA)

Taner Alakus

Talking about his background at Anadolu Agency (AA), Alakus said he first became interested in traditional arts in 1982 at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSGSU) where he also works in as a speaker.

“I have been making miniatures for 35 years. I still feel like a student. Since there are figures and freedom in miniature art, it appeals to me even more,” he told AA.

“You can include everything in a thumbnail, or you can fit a thumbnail to everything. I do what I want,” he added.

Alakus said he gives his students a great sense of freedom when teaching them miniature techniques.

Source: World TRT

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