Nirvana

Taner Ceylan will have his first exhibition in New York opening at I-20 on Friday, March 6th. The show comprises five new oil paintings by the Turkish artist.  Ceylan has been cited for the superb technique of his hyper-or photo-realism.  All of the paintings of varied subjects have an added dimension of suspended animation with an emotional presence. The five works are: Nirvana, The White Center, Transporter (Self-Portrait), John Currin and Still-Life.

The paintings are part of an ongoing autobiographical series that the artist created in Turkey over the last two years.  Ceylan has chosen a wide variety of subjects for these works. They can be spiritual, erotic, natural, or violent in different or equal measure.  Every work is a careful calibration of both observation and expression, with meticulous detail.  Ceylan uses many aspects of the classic genre of painting  (landscape, still-life, the nude) in his work, but it is ultimately his personal response to his environment that enables him to create a new emotional realism that defines this body of work.

Taner Ceylan was born in Germany in 1967.  He was educated at Mimar Sinam University in Istanbul. The artist has had solo exhibitions at Galerist in Istanbul, and his works were included in the 2003 and 2005 Istanbul Biennials.  He lives and works in Istanbul.