Mertim Gokalp

Mertim Gokalp

Sydney, Australia

About Mertim Gokalp

As a contemporary portrait artist, I capture particular physical moments of people & places. Within these moments, I place myself as the narrator by reflecting the true psychological states of the subject onto certain objects, aiming to challenge and confront the viewers with their deepest feelings


BA in Fine Art (Painting), Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Academy - Istanbul Turkey


Black Swan Portrait Prize – Finalist | Perth 2018
Hunters Hill Art Prize – Winner | Hunters Hill 2018
Kennedy Prize Winner |Adelaide 2017
Archibald Salon des Refuses Finalist |Sydney 2017
Hunters Hill Art Prize – Winner | Hunters Hill 2017
Sydney Art Studios Art Prize -Winner | Artarmon, 2017
Kennedy Prize Finalist, Unley, South Australia, 2016
Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize | Townsville 2016
Doug Moran Portrait Prize Finalist | Sydney 2015
BP Portrait Prize – Semi Finalist | London 2015
Manning Art Prize, Naked $ Nude Exhibition Finalist | Taree 2015
Gallipoli Art Prize Finalist | Sydney 2015
Doug Moran Portrait Prize Semi Finalist | Sydney 2014
Glencore Percival Portrait Prize Finalist |Townsville 2014
Archibald Prize Finalist | Sydney 2013
Doug Moran Portrait Prize Semi Finalist | Sydney 2013
Hunters Hill Art Prize People’s Choice Award | Sydney 2013
Doug Moran Portrait Prize Semi Finalist | Sydney 2012
School of Visual Arts Honourable Mention | New York 2012
Hunters Hill Regional Art Prize Winner | Sydney 2012
Hunters Hill Art Prize Highly Commended Award | Sydney 2012
The Archibald Real Refuses Prize, Winner | Sydney 2012
Black Swan Art Prize Finalist | Perth 2011
The Archibald Real Refuses Prize Winner | Sydney 2011
Hunters Hill Art Prize Highly Commended | Sydney 2011
Brunswick Street Gallery Works on Paper Finalist | Melbourne 2009
Brunswick Street Gallery Small Works Finalist | Melbourne 2009 Rex Livingston Art Gallery Mount Eyre Art Prize Finalist | Sydney 2009


Solo Exhibitions
Feathers & Kisses, Art2Muse Gallery Sydney 2014
Borderline, Depot II Gallery Waterloo 2013
Wedge Gallery, Sydney 2013
50 Faces of Balmain, Balmain Art Show 2012
The Buoyancy of Water and Bloody Rats of Sydney, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst, 2011
MSGU Graduate Exhibition, Osman Hamdi Bey Gallery, Istanbul, 2008

Group Exhibition
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 2013
Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, Sydney, 2013
Celebrating Innovators, Parliament House, Canberra, 2012
50 Shades of Grey, One+2 Studios, Lilyfield, 2012
Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, Sydney, 2012
Tap Gallery Democratic Archibald Exhibition, Sydney, 2012
Black Swan Portrait Exhibition, Perth, 2011
Transience, Sydney 2011
Palm House Exhibition, Sydney 2011
Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, Hunters Hill, 2011
Tap Gallery, Real Refuses, The Democratic Archibald Prize Exhibition, Darlinghurst 2011
One+2 Studio’s Group Exhibition, Rozelle NSW, 2010
Start Studio Art Fest, Balmain NSW, 2010
Changeable Art, Kirribilli NSW, 2009
Brunswick Street Gallery, Works on Paper, Melbourne VIC, 2009
Brunswick Street Gallery, Small Works, Melbourne VIC, 2009
North Sydney Community Centre, Sydney, 2009
Karsi Sanat, Art against War, Frankfurt, 2008
Karsi Sanat, Ortadoguda Isgale Karsi Sanat, Istanbul, 2008
MSGU Graduate Exhibition, Tophane-i Amire Culture Center, Istanbul, 2008