Being an artist from Istanbul; the city in which Europe and Asia meets, has had a remarkable influence on my artistic style. The structure of my works are based on the harmony of calligraphic lines with simplified shapes and symbolic expression. Recalling all the traditional paper marbling, I build up my backgrounds with spontaneous and colourful washes. Using two contrast technics, spontaneous washes and controlled lines together, enables me to emphasise the contrast in life which is the base of all eastern belief systems; yin and yang, mitzvah and sin, life and death…
As a migrant artist, I usually compare different cultures and let those observations influence my art forms. Living in London gives me the opportunity to experience diversity and explore innovation while preserving the authenticity of my style. The satisfaction in being able to harness different techniques, adapt those inspirations and express it through my work.
I feel I’m evolving deeply and my intention is to express it. This process has started with the decision of relocating to London from Istanbul in search of independance as an artist and as an individual.
Esra Kizir Gokcen was born in Istanbul 1971.
Graduated from Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty Graphic Design Department in 1993.
Worked as graphic designer and art director in advertising agencies and freelance. Took pedagogical information classes in 2000-2001 period at Marmara University Atatürk Education Faculty.
Opened her studio in Istanbul and started holding art workshops.
Worked as an art instructor and project maker in DSM Training from 2011.
Worked in several art associations between 2009 and 2015.
Worked in the organisation teams of art festivals, corporate art workshops, volunteer art workshops for children, curated art exhibitions, ran art projects
for over 10 years in Istanbul. Held 5 solo exhibitions in Istanbul, Ankara and Amsterdam. Attended around 50 group exhibitions internationally.
Nominated in many juried exhibitions internationally.
An artist who is keen on experiementing new medias.
Currently working with water based media mostly. And passionet about printmaking - especially intaglio techniques.
Located in Make Space Studios, London, Waterloo.
Awards / Nominations
2016 2nd International Exlibris Competition Varna, Bulgaria, Worth to exhibit
2015 3rd International Brest Print Triennial, Belarus, Worth to exhibit
2015 25th Malbork Exlibris Biennial Poland, Worth to exhibit
2014 3rd Guangzhou International Exlibris and Mini-prints Biennial, China, Worth to exhibit
2014 First International Exlibris Competition, Varna, Bulgaria, Worth to exhibit
2014 35.FISAE International Exlibris Competition, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain, Worth to exhibit
2012 34. FISAE International Exlibris Competition, Naantali, Finland, Worth to exhibit
2011 San Min Cup International Exlibris Competition Shanghai, China, The Excellent Prize
2010 1.International Exlibris Competition Nicosia, Cyprus / Worth to exhibit
2010 1.Kiev International Exlibris Competition, Ukraine / Worth to exhibit
2008 32.FISAE International Exlibris Competition, Beijing, China / Worth to exhibit
2006 RHMD International Print Making Competition, Tophane-i Amire , Istanbul, Worth to exhibit
Chosen Group Exhibitions
2019 The Artists Pool, Human Condition, Group Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
2019 Make Space Open Studios, London
2019 The Artists Pool, Threads, Group Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
2019 Focus LDN Winter Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2018 Colorida Art Gallery, Group exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal
2018 London Print Studio Members Summer Show, London, UK
2018 Make Space Open Studios, London,UK
2017 Arte Fierra Di Parma, Group Exhibition, Parma, Italy
2017 Richmond Art House Group Exhibition, Stables Gallery, London
2017 Art House Open Studio Days, Richmond Upon Thames Council, Art event, London
2017 Through Colour Group Exhibiton, HLS Art Gallery, London
2017 Trace Group Exhibition, Mavi Art Studio, London
2017 Works On Paper Group Exhibition, The Bricklane Gallery, London
2016 From Art Through Life, Group Exhibition, CYDD Caddebostan Cultural Centre, Istanbul
2016 Meeting Group Exhibition, GORSAV Caddebostan Cultural Centre, Istanbul
2015 Artist International İstanbul Art Fair, Marjinart Gallery, İstanbul
2014 İstanbul Exlibris Academy,Yıldız Kenter Art Gallery, Bodrum
2014 “A City Tale; There is Heaven Anyway” Art212 Gallery, Istanbul
2013 Artist International İstanbul Art Fair, Marjinart Gallery, İstanbul
2013 “Marjinart Shop” Project, Beyoğlu, İstanbul
2012 All Arts İstanbul Art Fair, Marjinart Gallery, Lütfi Kırdar Istanbul
2011 Art Expo İstanbul International Art Center, Istanbul
2011 Erte Engraving Studio Exhibition, Mardin Museum
2010 Exlibris Mediterrenian ISTEXAD , Kefaluka Resort Art Gallery, Bodrum
2010 Exlibris Lions, ISTEXAD Exhibition, Palazzo Oddo, Albenga Linguria Italy
2010 Erte Engraving Studio Exhibition, Orsev Art Gallery, Ordu
2009 Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Gallery 5, Istanbul
2009 TEGV Group Exhibition, Akmerkez İstanbul
2009 Erte Engraving Studio Exhibition, Sainte Pulcherie, Istanbul
2009 Exlibris Academy Exhibition, Press Museum, Istanbul
2008 Erte Engraving Studio Exhibition, 75.YearArt Gallery, Adana
2008 İstanbul Exlibris Academy Exhibition, CastelloDiD’Alba, Italy
2008 Shoe Art Istanbul Street Exhibition, Metrocity, Istanbul
2007 Erte Engraving Studio Exhibition, Antalya Museum
2007 Summer Exhibition, Utopia Platform Art Gallery, Istanbul
2015 "Metamorph-trick" State Fine Arts Gallery, Ayaz Museum, Ankara
2014 “Metamorph-trick” Aps&Co Window Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2011 “Bubbles” , Utopia Platform Art Gallery, İstanbul
2007 “Floral Fairytales” Ürün Art Gallery, İstanbul
2004 “Petit Bonhommies” Beykoz Service Center, İstanbul