Sevil Dolmacı Dubai opened its doors on November 6 in the Design District, which is the heart of Dubai, where art, design, and fashion meet.
Aiming to make a remarkable contribution to Dubai’s vibrant art scene by adding new international talents to its portfolio and encouraging cultural exchange, Sevil Dolmacı Dubai will make its opening with Ekrem Yalçındağ, one of the most important contemporary painters in Turkey, who has proven himself on both the national and international art scene.
Ekrem Yalçındağ (1964), who was a master’s student of Herrmann Nitsch and Thomas Bayrle at the Städelschule [Frankfurt, Germany], is known for using floral and geometric motifs in his works as a tribute to handcraft. By embracing a motif-driven approach, Yalçındağ delves into the connection and interaction between contemporary and traditional art. Floral motifs developed from about 30 to 35 different plants correspond to actual letters and the whole of these motifs represent an alphabet. The artist says, “When writing by hand, you do not think of ‘a’ and ‘b’ alone, you write them automatically. So, when I draw them, I draw them automatically. The painting as a whole is a presentation of a meaningful story I share with the audience.”
In the artist’s latest series, the audience sees artworks in huge dimensions. In his paintings of 290×150 cm, for instance, Ekrem Yalçındağ combines wood printing and screen printing with his typical painting technique, which is oil painting with a miniature brush. The small forms on these paintings represent abstracted flowers and they interact with the wood and large silkscreened plant motifs.
Press release from Sevil Dolmacı