7 May – 7 June 2014, Nişantaşı
For the 7th year anniversary of the death of Asım İŞLER (1941-2007), an important representative of Contemporary Turkish painting, his exhibition “PHASES 1970-2007” takes place in Mine Art Gallery. The 100×80 cm oil painting “Mother and Children” which he painted in Paris in 1973, his 147×193 cm oil on canvas painting “in Kılıçkaya”, and his 200×150 canvas painting “Spring of Verona” are among the striking works of the exhibition.
The exhibition comprises a broad range of works starting with İŞLER’s figurative period reflecting socio-political reality in 1970s while studying in Paris, including his works that were made in different techniques as oil on cartoon and Paris poster paintings in his 2. Paris period between 1987-1992, and his abstract expressionist canvas works from 1980s until last period of his life, 2007.
İŞLER was graduated from İstanbul State Academy of Fine Arts in 1966 where he worked with professors like Cemal Tollu, Neşet Günal, Sabri Berkel. After that, he won State Europe competition and studied in Paris Academy of Fine Arts between 1970 and 1974. He made paintings in universal understanding and abstract expressionist tendency. He had 35 personal exhibitions and he participated in more than 150 group exhibitions, fairs, biennials, triennials and conferences for his life. He had the retrospective exhibition “Three Cities, Painting and Me” in AKM Hall in 2003. İŞLER worked as a professor in painting and gravure department in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University between 1974 and 2003.
His works represented Turkey in the exhibitions of Salon des Realitées Nouvelles (1974) – Paris, Salon de Jeune Peinture (1974) Musée Art Moderne/Paris, 33., Salon de Montrouge (1988) Galeri Montenay/Paris, De Bonnard a Bazelitz (1993)/Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, “PARİSTANBUL” Cite Internationale des Arts- Paris (1990). His works are in Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris in France, in important national museums such as İstanbul, Ankara and İzmir Painting and Sculpture Museums, Elgiz Contemporary Arts Museum, DEMSA, and also in private corporations and personal collections.