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between two souls Drawing



Drawing, Pencil on Canvas

Size: 47.2 W x 59 H x 2.8 D in

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I gathered my first experience in Turkey, but, of course, style changes over time. I have experimented with many different materials and have invented my own techniques, for example wool colour. I used to paint with colour. Since around 2000, I started to concentrate on portraits and tried out many different things. At the end of 2014, I got to the point where I thought: »Enough. You can only use one technique.« At that moment, I saw my pencil and knew that was it! Until now, no artist has drawn on canvas with a pencil. My portraits are not an exact reflection of the original. I ease myself into the moment and draw perceptions, characters and certain lighting conditions. That is the basis for my part of the further development of modern figurative art. But of course, I am constantly building on my ideas; I would like to draw something in very large format, somehow: A collage of the history of my work on a two-by-four meter canvas. I want to start with the first picture that I can remember. My dream is to draw this one more time from my memory. Coal doesn’t actually hold on canvas. The first challenge was to make the pictures stay on the canvas. What makes this technique special are the different shades and shadows that I create with the pencil. From close, one can see the detailed structures and levels. Only through this technique, do the portraits gain their intensity and expressivity. I work out the personality of the individual layer by layer. The difficulty is that one can’t correct errors in a pencil drawing. You can see it right away. That’s why I have to plan everything before and then try to implement this plan without error.

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Drawing:Pencil on Canvas

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Size:47.2 W x 59 H x 2.8 D in

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ALI ZÜLFIKAR | biography | exhibitions | art projects • Born 1970(1971) in Yavuzeli / Turkey • 1989-95 Studies at the Firat University in Elazig by Prof. Memduh Kuzey and Cemal Arslan • Members of the © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018 • currently working as a freelance artist in Cologne The House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany Foundation acquired the work "Greta" by the artist Ali Zülfikar for the museum. In 2020, 2021 and 2022 he received three grants from the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and a studio funded by the city of Cologne. Ali Zülfikar's art works are admired by numerous art connoisseurs worldwide. So far, these have been shown in around 200 international solo and group exhibitions and museums. In 2018, Zülfikar got into trouble in the Stadthalle in Linz/Rhein with a critical work showing Turkish President Erdogan. At that time, the Turkish Consul General Sibel Müderrisoglu intervened, and the city of Linz initially caved in too. Only Quote from Dr. Stephanie Eckhardt Ali Zülfikar was born in Turkey in 1971, he is a master. Not because of its numerous international exhibitions up to the USA, but mainly because of his portraits. These are masterpieces of this genre. The first view already let us think of of the masterpieces of Dürer and Leonardo. The traces in the faces are like storms that colors as a natural symphony. Zülfikar has chosen a difficult task to work with these kind of portraits. He developed a deep pictorial space on each face. Layer by layer, he works out the personality of the people trapped in the perspective and freely becoming simultaneously. So the portraits like arising out of itself. Clearly, this process is on the structural quality of his painting, which appears like a mysterious sphere. For example, his art depicting old people, the art of aging. The age of each person shows a distinguished face, tells of sadness, joy, anger, happiness and sorrow. Zülfikar reads in the faces, researched and analyzed them, gives us a view of their own future. Some portraits are genderless, it is hard to tell if it is a woman or a man. Ali Zülfikar seems to recognize the beauty of creation itself at the age of man. Thematically, it focuses on the people and creates a new image of him. It is characterized in the faces of the questions of life and the answer alike in: peace, silence, as it might only know the age.

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