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Temür Köran

Image by Patrik Velich

Temür Köran, who re-establishes reality with an original pictorial style in his multi-layered works, produces open works that trigger the imagination of the viewer. Rather than presenting an emotion, a concept, a living thing, or an object that affects him with its strict reality, the artist prefers to use open-ended images that gain new meanings in the viewer's mind in his works. Köran, who cares about the plastic problems in painting, makes use of the violence of bold colors in his works, where he uses form and color spacing together. The artist, who likes to explore and experiment in his artistic production, uses the primitive figure motifs -leitmotiv- he made from ready-made objects as his models when he had just graduated from the academy. In the paintings that he produced during this period, he creates hierarchical compositions inspired by Eastern art, in which he analyzes the surface with color. Then, when he included the human figure back into his painting again, as a synthesis of all his artistic experiences, “the Diptychs" series appeared. As a result of an experimental process in which he placed two canvases side by side and applied the same brush strokes simultaneously, the resulting “the Diptychs" series holds an important place in the artist's collection. Before starting a canvas painting, Köran takes visual notes with drawings of the elements that he will place in the composition. In addition to his canvas paintings, he also adopts a multi-layered and expressionist pictorial style in his figure drawings, in which he uses different materials together.

Born in 1960 in Siverek, Temür Köran graduated from Mimar Sinan University Fine Arts Faculty Painting Department Devrim Erbil Workshop in 1986 and obtained his Qualifications in Art from the Department of Painting at the same university in 1996. His first solo exhibition was opened at the Yonca Modern Art Gallery in 1989. In the 90s, he went to America for a while and continued his practice at his atelier in Seattle. The artist, who has been working with the Evin Art Gallery since 1997, has opened twenty-two solo exhibitions in various galleries. His works have been exhibited in many group exhibitions at home and abroad throughout his art career. He participated in the ARTIST Istanbul Art Fair organized annually by TÜYAP between 1997 and 2019. Köran's works have been included in many important private and corporate collections, as well as in the permanent collections of museums such as the Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture and Istanbul Modern. In 2001, his first artist book was published by Evin Art Gallery. Köran continues his practice in his atelier in Istanbul.

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