Recep Batuk

Recep Batuk

Istanbul based painter

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OTOPARKÇI

Oil on canvas

Dimensions : Width 120 cm - Height 100 cm
Year : 2017

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TI AMO BARILLA

Oil on canvas

Dimensions : Width 100 cm - Height 80 cm
Year : 2017

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Recep Batuk Curriculum

Recep Batuk is an Istanbul based painter who works and teaches in his studio in Beyoglu, the
historic and cultural core of the city.
Batuk received his BFA in 1993 from Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey. His paintings
have been showcased in Brooklyn Artist's Gym, Brooklyn, New York; I-5 Gallery, Los
Angeles, CA; Modern Arts Gallery, Istanbul; Galeri Binyil, Istanbul; UPSD Gallery, Istanbul; Datca Betce Gallery, Istanbul; Tutun Deposu, Istanbul; Tuyap Art Fair, Istanbul among
numerous other venues.
Incidentally, he produced and hosted his own TV and radio shows for over a decade that had
he same underlying qualities as his paintings.

Defined by a loud palette and a sense of sarcasm, Recep Batuk’s paintings juxtapose mundane objects, vignettes from everyday life with storybook characters and outlandish fantastic elements in seemingly irrelevant combinations that lack a sense of worldly time and place.
The explosion of color and inanity sets the tone for Batuk’s world, which is simultaneously dark, raucous, obsessive, sophisticated, satirical, humorous, whimsical, playful and juvenile. A sense of contradiction is also evident in the artists’ use of traditional, Renaissance inspired compositional devices on one hand and a naïve painting style on the other.
In Batuk’s compositions, divergent elements are each windows to or snapshots of an idiosyncratic dimension with its own visual language, set of values and symbolisms. The audience is to use their own imagination and sensibilities to decipher this schizophrenic reality and make it their own.

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