An Ardent Imaginative Vigor Generates Mastery His first creative expressions have matured from a deep investigative journey through different forms and textures, and by experimenting with disparate and peculiar materials, media, sizes and patterns. Only one factor remains constant: his overflowing passion for art, perceived in everything around him and clearly expressed through an explosion of bright, contrasting and dazzling colours. Gültekin Bilge’s creative pathway sparks from suffering: political, social and personal circumstances become the source of an artistic river in flood. Bilge cannot avoid expressing his anger, resentment and tremendous disappointment with a conflict that has brought him afflictions since his childhood. Painting what he experienced is the only way to transmit these feelings. This is why his artwork assumes the form of an act of denunciation and a scream of pain. He is a witness that wants to keep the memory of the atrocities experienced by the Turkish community alive. On his diverse media, the artist’s wounded soul turns into an agony of a larger entity, and into a deep interdependence and symmetry between his intimate emotions and the amplified atrocities suffered. The artist underlines: “When I paint my aim is not to make the wall look beautiful. I paint because I have something to say and I need to express it.” Bilge feels the urgency to leave something for posterity, unveiling tremendous experienced circumstances and exploring the worst consequences of the deterioration of certain human relationships.
Christopher Rosewood International Confederation of Art Critics
‘Danger In The World‘, 2008 Oil / Mixed media on board, 128x116cm