Ersin Gurtel was born in Kdz Eregli in 1979. He pursued a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Marmara University.
In his paintings, he applies a variety of techniques so as to create figurative compositions. Using these techniques, he aims to express the core of human nature examining such things as good versus bad, darkness versus light.
Additionally, social roles, identities and cultural edges are at the heart of his work. He illustrates the potential of humans for both violence and innocence from the framework of their immature mental and physical forms.
In his figures, he reflects the dissonance in body components via strange looks, characteristic postures and facial expressions. By doing so, he conveys to the audience the scary facet of the inner child.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
Art provides me with the freest platform to express myself.
How would you describe your own personal style?
My hope is that it does not repeat itself.
What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?
Of course, art has many avenues. I chose the lane that expresses myself with painting. My talent was in this direction. My progress will be judged by people.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
The universe we are in. What we live through is what encourages me.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
The definition of art for me is to show people what we haven't seen before. Picasso is a good teacher on this subject.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
What we want to see.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
Working programmatically always yields results. Of course it is not easy to do this constantly. I try to pay attention to this as much as I can.
When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?
It is changing.
What is your understanding of art?
If we can surprise people with what they haven't seen before, it is essential. Think of athletes running in 10 different lanes in a stadium. They all have the same goal. But someone is an engineer, a physicist, a painter ...
Which of your artworks are you most proud?
I start every painting fondly. People interpret the story after all. It is better to ask them.
Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?
There are many talented artists nowadays. I cannot say one person. The contribution of the internet is huge. It is good to be inspired.
If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?
No, I believe people have/had the ability to express themselves in any time period.
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
Quite simply ... Money. Having it can allow artistic freedom, but at the same time the lack of it should not allow you to become its creative prisoner. There is a balance and creativity is key.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
For those who want to get education in any field of art, I would say that it is imperative that they know the history of art.
Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
I am not only interested in art, I am interested in everything I am not. I believe this is the basis of progress.
We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?
Like the columnist in the newspaper, I find the everyday, the immediate more accurate because I prefer painting like a photojournalist.
Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?
Both are valid elements of expression. In the end I'm expressing things for myself.
What are you working on at the moment?
My country is very mixed but I continue to create by just doing my job.
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?
At the moment I am trying to participate mostly in group exhibitions. Putting it into a music context, it is like having two songs as a musician and making a 45 record. Personal exhibitions are a situation that takes time and which does not necessarily contribute to the album. I would love to take part in exhibitions outside my country. But for that to succeed it is important to get the management right. This is the biggest problem for me at the moment.