Picasso, who said ‘The most important thing for an artist is to form his own style,’ intended to guide the audiences of art and encourage them to distinguish an artist from others by looking for style. Mehmet Güleryüz, the founder of the Turkey Branch of the Association of Plastic Arts, was born in 1938. Güleryüz’s 60 years of art life full of academia and acting, surfaces in his works. His expertise in his work, its features and the dimension and order of these features are all evidence of just how it immerses both himself and the audience.
The retrospective of Mehmet Güleryüz’s artwork since the 1960s, which has taken two years to prepare and is curated by Levent Çalıkoğlu, is now exhibited for the art-lovers with the encompassing exhibition title of ‘The Painter and The Picture’.
The adventure, which started in the 1960s, experienced a grave struggle with only his mother’s support in the 1970s and later in the 1980s. Nevertheless, he did not let go of his efforts. He lived during those times when art was never determined by its sales rates. Güleryüz, who left for Paris for his specialisation in art and lithography, with a state scholarship, worked as a lecturer between 1975-1980 at the Faculty of Arts of Istanbul State Academy for Fine Arts, and continued his carrier in New York between the years of 1980-1984.
All of the works, from paintings to sculptures, designs to engravings, have been set on display in a chronological order at the exhibition. With this, we are able to attain a step by step trail of changes of Mehmet Güleryüz’s artwork. The variety in Güleryüz’s artistic works, the irony reflected in his socio-cultural and political narratives, are all awaiting the art-lovers until June 28 at Istanbul Modern.