'World Famous on ArterNet Art' Featured Guest Artist - Özlem Sorlu Thompson
|‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ Acrylic on Canvas 76 x 102|
|Özlem Sorlu Thompson|
It gives me great pleasure today, to introduce you to a talented, up and coming young artist, whose colourful artwork, you'd have to agree, fills your heart with joy.
Özlem: I grew up in Istanbul in an artistic family of mixed cultures. My grandmother was born in Russia, and as a child, I was always inspired by her effortless knitting skill. She creating complicated and beautiful multi-coloured creations.
Özlem: The democratising effect of social media has been very positive and has helped me reach my audience, but settling down in a new country is always challenging.
|'Waltz of the Flowers' Acrylic on Canvas 76 x 102cm|
ArterNet Art: What or who were your early influences?
Özlem: Kandinsky, Af Hilma Klint, Joan Miro, and Matisse are important for me, but in general whatever I see around me inspires me.
ArterNet Art: How was your imagination captured?
Özlem: The way my favourite artists saw the world through their work helps me see things from their perspective. The more open you observe your surroundings, the freer your creative style.
ArterNet Art: What was it about the medium you've chosen that attracted you?
Özlem: I tried different mediums, starting with colourful pencils as a child, then watercolours, and then after university I used markers and watercolour pencils. I have tried oil paints, and in the end I decided to continue with acrylics, which are practical, quick drying and less toxic than oils.
ArterNet Art: Can you explain to us a bit about your chosen techniques and how you use them.
Özlem: I don’t feel as if I have a specific technique, rather I only listen to my inner voice while painting.
ArterNet Art: Where does your inspiration come from mainly?
Özlem: My inspiration comes largely from nature; from the biology that I spent eight years studying, single-celled organisms to whole ecosystems, even evolution and its systems, microbiology and of course my imagination.
ArterNet Art: Ozlem, can you give us an idea of how has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?
Özlem: When you start creating art, that means it will always evolve as you create over time. So my first A3 drawings evolved into large scale canvas paintings. In the future I want also to create sculpture as well as painting.
Özlem: ‘Dreaming Nymphs’ is the first work I made after moving to London.
Özlem: I think art must be within you first and then you can introduce it to your work. By that I mean that artistic people have a tendency to see the world in a special way.
ArterNet Art: What has been your favourite or most memorable art sale?
Özlem: As I mentioned ‘Dreaming Nymphs’ was my most memorable one. I feel like that work had a mind of its own and meant to find its owners itself.
ArterNet Art: Marketing your artwork: do you have any tips? Do you struggle with marketing and what areas could you use some guidance for?
Özlem: I think the best thing artists can do to market their work is to constantly create, and observe. When you always have something to share, you can be ready to communicate to someone receptive.
ArterNet Art: How has your arts business/career changed over the past 6 months or year?
Özlem: During the pandemic of course, art wasn’t uppermost in most people’s minds, even though the pandemic has shown us how important the creative arts truly are.
Özlem: My main aim is to be remembered as a great Turkish woman artist, so I am working towards this dream - single-mindedly.
Özlem: I would say never give up. If you really want to reach somewhere, you shouldn’t allow anything or anyone to discourage your aim.
|‘Particles in Saturn’ Acrylic on Canvas 60 x 80cm|
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