At the fine arts academy, I made the acquaintance
of Professor Devrim ERBIL.
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
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
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 week together.
We insisted on seeing my new paintings, "Nu-11"
went with Sevim. The professor was waiting for me in
his studio with a number of students still in their
places. I put the two paintings "Nu-11
" and "N-12 "
He approached, he stopped and then walked back a
few paces. The same procedure, without a word, was repeated,
again and again, for a period of about fifteen minutes.
He broke the silence saying, "My
friends, I would like you to meet a painter of genius.
His name is Nezir Korkmaz. He is neither student nor
teacher in our academy. He comes from Tatvan,
is self-taught and his work is irreproachable. Take
a close look at "Nu-11",
I've never seen anything like it
in all hisroir of the art..."