my brother, Halis, and his wife, this incident was not
nearly as serious as for the vast majority of those
who found themselves suddenly homeless. He came to stay
with me and the rest of the family in the three small
rooms that I had rented next to the mosque. Ten people
shared two rooms with the third set aside as my studio.
This little studio saw the birth of many a painting,
among them "Nu-11"
and "N-12 / The Return of Jesus". I worked on these
two paintings fifteen hours a day for 7 months. When
they paintings were nearly completed, my eyes were so
weak, I thought that I was going blind. Sevim noted
my ideas in my notebooks for some time and posed for
"Nu-11". In this painting, I first applied technological
elements on the body and on the surrounding vegetation.
"N-12" represents the coming of Jesus into our age
and its apocalyptic change. Happily, the angels are
there and can lift him back to the protection of heaven
in the nick of time…
My studio at Bagcilar, Caldiran
In 1977, I painted a 16-sq.-meter decorative panel for
the Olcay hotel at Topkapi. The job took three months
and during that time, I got to know an Italian
couple vacationing at the hotel,
Franco and his wife, Maria Grazia. We became close
friends and they proposed that I come to Italy with them.
Imagine my bewilderment. The idea of traveling in a foreign
country fascinated and enticed me, but
I spoke no foreign languages and I hadn't done my military
service and therefore could not legally leave the
country. My Italian friends prolonged
their stay long enough to visit Izmir
and Ephèse. We spent a marvelous
the fine arts academy, I made the acquaintance of
Professor Devrim ERBIL.
We insisted on seeing my new paintings, "Nu-11" and "N-12".