All Arts İstanbul 

Galeri MCRD participates in ALL ARTS İSTANBUL art fair with the inaugural exhibition of Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay (Booth B 108), Beyond Reality,  featuring oil paintings and mixed media works.


April 18– 23, 2013

Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center 

A brand new art fair, All Arts Istanbul offers art enthusiasts a wide array of works, ranging from contemporary and modern art, to Turkish and Ottoman traditional arts, to antiques; presented to audiences side by side. All Arts Istanbul Fair is organized by the Contemporary Istanbul team at the same location.

For the artist Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay painting is a a conduit for intellectual and philosophical enquiry, but it is also a struggle between the planned and the unforeseen.  Whether employing strong linear elements, by turns painterly or calligraphic, or rich bursts of colour, her work corrals diverse influences within a signature abstract language, often collapsing traditional distinctions and hierarchies.


Sometimes her unconscious takes her into the parallel reality of an imagined afterlife where she sees the Angel of Death, some other time she joins the joyful chorus of of the hybrid creatures singing in an underwater world. In the artist's fairytale world, people, animals, plants and hybrid creatures interact, but familiar dimensions and natural laws no longer apply. She explores both the happy and threatening sides of fairy tales, alluding to diverse cultural references: Themes of the Ottoman culture like dervishes are represented in a technique reminiscent of 'ebru', the ancient art of marbling materializing as if part of a dreamy meditation where otherworldly figures appear; referencing to the futuristic science fiction elements populating the painting like in 'Mystery'

Eerie and nebulous creatures inhabit the alternate realities that may be bigger or smaller than our own, imagined or fantastical. Worlds within worlds are depicted and she opens new windows onto the world and to the universe lying beyond. Her self-contained worlds carrying dramatic content like the semi-butterfly symbolizing the 'Unbearable Lightness of Being' are also calling into question the possibility of other life forms.By looking closely at the surfaces of the paintings, you can access the more important information: cosmologies, birds of paradise, butterflies, sharks, hybrid creatures, Mother Nature,etc. The occupants of her paintings are the stuff of dreams.

About the Artist

Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay's art education started early with her art teacher mother's art lessons and art books ; progressed at the encouraging atmosphere of Lycée de Galatasaray, a major establishment in Turkish art history.She has been invited to the State Academy of the Arts when she had received the first prize at Turkish Airlines' National Art Competition among high schools, but preferred studying Business management at Bosphorus University. After working in corporate management for a decade, she started to spend part of the year in art centers, New York, Paris and London. She had also embarked in a  Grand Tour in Europe like the artists from past centuries . Visiting the art galleries, art fairs, museums and examining the artworks on site, the artist used the rich art museums and bookstores to educate herself in art; and also had studied at the certificate programs of IESA Paris, Sotheby's Institute of Art NewYork (2010) and Sotheby's Institute of Art London (2012).This is her inaugural exhibition.

Selected Works

Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay, Chaos

Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay, DNA I

Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay, Human Condition

Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay, Transcendence

Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay, Circus

Yasemin Cengiz Çağatay, Embrace