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Bloc Projects Sheffield. The Black Pen by Richard Bartle

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DEMONS SHOW OF FORCEDEMONLARIN KUVVET GÖSTERİSİ2021
110CM X 145CM
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 DEMON STEALS A MANİNSAN KAÇIRAN DEMON2020121cm x 73cmACRYLIC ON CANVAS EXCITED DEMON
UYARAN DEMON
2020
120CM X 69CM
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DEMONS TAKE A SICK DONKEY
İKİ DEMON HASTA BIR EŞEĞİ GÖTÜRÜYOR
2019
112CM x 152CM
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DEMON STEALS A MAN
İNSAN KAÇIRAN DEMON
2020
121cm x 83cm
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DEMONS CUT A TREE
AĞAÇ KESEN DEMONLAR
2021
113CM x 152CM
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DEMONS DANCE
DEMONLARININ DANSI
2021
75CM x 162CM
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DEMONS HAVING FUN
EĞLENEN DEMONLAR
2020
69CM x 149CM
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TWO DEMONS AND A MONGOLIAN KNOT
MOĞOL DÜĞÜMÜ VE İKİ DEMON
2021
77CM x 104CM
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FIGHTING DEMONS
DALAŞAN DEMONLAR
2020
85CM x 104CM
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DEMONS TIED AND BEING TIED
BAĞLAYAN VE BAĞLANAN DEMONLAR
2021
82CM x 115CM
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DEMON STEALS A HORSE
AT KAÇIRAN DEMON
2021
86CM x 67CM
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DEMONS TWISTING THREAD
İPLİK BÜKEN DEMONLAR
2021
85CM x 92CM
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SACRIFICE SCENE
KURBAN SAHNESI
2021
65CM x 166CM
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DEMONS DRINKING AND PLAYING MUSIC
İÇKİ İÇEN ÇALGI ÇALAN DEMONLAR
2020
64CM x 97CM
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The Black Pen - Bloc Projects. Sheffield 2021

The Black Pen is the third and final series of paintings inspired by my life in Istanbul and the demon paintings of 14th century artist and storyteller Siyah Kalem, also known as The Black Pen.

Siyah Kalem’s work first came to my attention in the exhibition Turks: a journey of a thousand years, 600–1600 at the Royal Academy in London in 2005. These amazing and idiosyncratic illustrations depicting the lives and beliefs of nomadic communities along the silk road, traversing the borders of Iran, Turkey, China, and Mongolia during the Middle Ages, so captivated my imagination that they set me on a 15 year journey of creativity, research and discovery.

Over the 15 year period working with Siyah Kalem my passion for Turkish and Middle-Eastern culture has grown exponentially, specifically around the works of the Miniaturists. Resulting in, several artists' residencies in Turkey, three important solo exhibitions in Istanbul, two international biennials, several art fairs, and most significantly, my ambitious and popular exhibition Nomadic Tales at The Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, in 2020.

The Black Pen is a series new paintings which consciously re-presents social and political imagery I observed on the streets of contemporary Istanbul to create his my own personal take on the images of the Siyah Kalem. This imagery includes iconic political figures, graffiti, and architecture, as well as individuals I encountered along the way. The work explores where the historic and contemporary meet, creating new meaning in the continuing journey of the life and work of The Black Pen.

 

 

 

Bloc Projects Sheffield. The Black Pen by Richard Bartle