Pinar Ture Gursoy
Pinar Ture Gursoy is a portrait and figurative painter & photographer who was born in 1965 in Istanbul. She completed her higher education in Urban and Regional Planning at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. Between 2010 and 2014, she got back to university and graduated with BA in Philosophy from Anadolu University with distinction. While studying philosophy, she was also living on and off in Paris and participating in workshops at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. During 2015-2018, in this time she lived on and off in London. In this period she graduated with MSc in Museum Management from Istanbul University. She has been many Group and solo exhibiting and auctions in various Turkish cities and also abroad in Tokyo, Lucern, Deventer, Venice, Tiran, Napoli, Marakkesh, Thessaloniki, London, Milan, Tolentino, Pennsylvania etc…
Some of her works are included in the collection of Museum of Tolentino in Italy for Biennial BIUMOR(new), TEV(Turkish Education Foundation), and Portart by Hakan Körpi/ UPSD etc. She was shortlisted among thousands of international competitors and works at the UK- « VAO Visual Art Open 2021 Art Awards », where she participated with a single work. NNC (No Name Collective Gallery) Collective 2021 challenge contest she participated in was chosen by the curators for the 1st level. ( The competition continues). She currently lives and works in her home studio in Istanbul.
The artworks by contemporary Turkish woman artist Pinar Ture Gursoy are immediately charged with feeling and deep emotion. Her expression is figurative and the subjects of her paintings are described in a beauty that is not only corporeal but also metaphysical. The contours of the bodies became almost evanescent and the faces often have empty or impressive eyes, telling of the complexity of living and the torment of feelings. What also distinguishes her work are the ruined surfaces that, in some cases, are reminiscent of the fresco painting which contributes to the perception of a malignant action of time. Her art, influenced by an expressionist language, nevertheless remains linked to the tradition of her origins, also showing a strong interest in Greek and Ottoman culture.
“When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes.” Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)
“An enveloping mysticism characterizes the artworks by Pinar Ture Gursoy, a contemporary Turkish artist. Her entire artistic repertoire is pervaded by women and men whose latent corporeity is compromised by an unstable emotionality. Evanescent backgrounds make it impossible to define a time and a place, provoking a sense of anxiety in the observer. The artist appropriates a figurative language which, in some cases, tends to almost completely abstract the subject, showing a deep knowledge of Art and of its masters. The subjects often have no eyes, recalling the artistic research of Amedeo Modigliani. Pinar Ture Gursoy seems to find many interesting hints in the master’s teachings, as well as in his search for a purely earthy color. Deep influences also derive from expressionism and from Greek and Ottoman iconography, condensing on the canvas a magnificent interpretative combination and a new, entirely contemporary vision of the human psyche.” Critical by M.A.D.S. ART GALLERY’s Curator Francesca Brunello.