BY ÖZGE TÜRKOĞLU (EEE/III)
An exhibition entitled “Seçki,” featuring the paintings of Osman Akbay, has opened in the Main Library Art Gallery. The works on display in the exhibition present the artist’s view of a world that is not an imitation of nature.
Mr. Akbay, born in 1935 in Trabzon, graduated from the painting department of Ankara Gazi Etimesgut School. He taught painting and the history of art until retiring in 1984. His first exhibition opened in 1995; he has had 20 exhibitions since then.
Mr. Akbay’s paintings are characterized by “plainness,” expanses of flat color and asymmetric balance, and offer a visual reality different from what is seen in nature. In his view, art is not an imitation of nature — it is not what you see, or what has been done before. Rather, art is the reflection of the unknown.
The exhibition will run until January 15, 2014.