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The artworks appear as battlegrounds where our souls meet the artist’s voice, purposes and desires. Blood-red waterfalls, faces distorted by suffering and the more comforting green or blue tones meet and collide on the texture of the canvases, blended in a concert of luminous contrasts. The isolation shown by the expressions of the figures depicted, diverges from the apparent joyfulness conveyed by the multicolor shades. Strictly speaking, the subjects, meanings and colours appear in a stimulating discording “melody” and this approach energetically increases the powerful sentiment transmitted to the spectator. However, the juxtaposition between warm and cold colours clearly alludes to the opposing communities in Cyprus, the Greek and the Turkish ones, that in numerous paintings face themselves through the different hues of the backgrounds or of the figures. Two populations in so much antithesis that they are represented by primary pigments: they cannot be successfully mixed without producing a completely new colour.

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Profile for Chianciano Art Museum

Gültekin Bilge - The Compelling Unveiling of Souls  

Gültekin Bilge - The Compelling Unveiling of Souls  

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