• Ahmet Murat Karayilan

Ahmet Murat Karayilan

I'm an artist painter. I've studied Mathematics, Woodworks Industrial Engineering and Fine Arts. My art is influenced by Heidegger. Indeed, each figure of mine is 'Dasein': aware of existing in time temporarily and feeling one's existence constantly. In my paintings, the figures being alone represent the human being's "situation of being on your own" which is the obligatory requirement to comprehend 'time' as pure.

In terms of inspiration process, I think it largely comes from my Greek origin. I am especially curious about Greek mythology, especially those behind the constellations and Greek philosophy (Herakleitos, Parmenides, etc). The watch rotor, often present in my work, symbolizes the continuousness of time. Moreover, I emphasize space and time sometimes using magazine pages as backgrounds.

Why are my figures white or black? They become clearer while not being there. Not being there reinforces their visibility. Like a missing piece of the puzzle. I usually start by sketching and taking notes. I make quick sketches because I like to make decisions while painting. I love that uncertain process. My works are included in private collections throughout the UK, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Colombia, Greece and the United States.





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