Ahmet Murat Karayilan

Artist (Turkey)
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Istanbul Marmara University / Ataturk Faculty Of Education / Mathematics Education Department 1989-91
Ankara Hacettepe University / School Of Vocational Technology / Woodworks Industrial Engineering Department 1991-92
Bursa Uludag University / Faculty Of Education / Fine Arts Education Department / Arts and Craft Education 1992-93
Izmir Dokuz Eylul University / Buca Faculty Of Education / Department Of Fine Arts / Fine Arts Education 1993-96

Selected Exhibitions, Group Shows & Events:
1998 Mazhar Zorlu Art Gallery, Izmir
1998 Oasis Art Gallery, Bodrum
1999 'Association for the Support of Contemporary Living Group Show' Hadigari Art Gallery, Bodrum
1999 Epsilon Art Gallery, Bodrum
2010 'International Women's Day' Çekirdek Sanat Group Show, Istanbul Naval Museum
2010 'International Women's Day Group Show' Izmir Art and Sculpture Museum
2011 '100 % Group Show' Painters Associaton Art Gallery, Istanbul
2011 'Yorumlar Sergisi 5 / Dora Maar & Picasso' Çekirdek Sanat Group Show, Istanbul Naval Museum
2011 Art in Mind Group Show 'Memory Box' The Brick Lane Gallery, London
2011 The 21st International Istanbul Art Fair / ARTIST 2011
2011 11th Sefik Bursali Painting Competition Exhibition The State Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Ankara
2012 31st Turgut Pura Foundation International Painting and Sculpture Competition Exhibition / Izmir Painting and Sculpture Museum

I'm an artist painter. I've studied Mathematics, Woodworks Industrial Engineering + Fine Arts. My art is influenced by Heidegger. Indeed, each figure of mine is 'Dasein': aware of existing in time temporarily + 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 + Greek philosophy (Herakleitos, Parmenides, etc). Like I mentioned, my figures are mostly alone. When I'm alone, I'm with myself. I'm feeling 'Now.' But time is also continuous. The watch rotor, often present in my work, symbolizes this continuousness. 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 + taking notes. I make quick sketches because I like to make decisions while painting. I love that uncertain process.

I'm currently living in Izmir - Turkey