res_artist in her studio_gorkem dikelphoto credit: © Özlem Dikel Fotoğraf Atölyesi

She completed her undergraduate in Painting Department, studio of Yalçın Karayağız, and studios of Serigraphy – Mural Painting at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2012. She started M.A. at the same university as soon as she graduated and was a visiting student at Fine Arts School of University of Seville between 2009 and 2010. Dikel was awarded in 2010 artist fellowship by Fundación Antonio Gala founded by the Spanish writer Antonio Gala. She attended, among other young artists from three countries, Plein-Air Workshop in Andalusia in 2013 which was organized by Fundación Tres Culturas. Still a student, she held her first solo show entitled “Bigger than You” at SODA on large scale paintings of her trip in 2010 to the Sahara desert. She received pedagogical formation from Educational Sciences of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2015. She produces in her studio in Istanbul and exhibits both solo and collectively with artist iniciatives such as Berlin Istanbul Quartier and Bahçe. She is currently working on her M.A. thesis entitled “Abstraction and Space in the 21st Century”.
Appearing in many group and solo art shows both domestically and internationally, Dikel often attracts global attention. Her art pieces have featured as part of special collections in the USA, Australia, England, Germany, Italy and at home. She was listed among “Best of 2014 Collection” at Saatchi Art. Thus, she became a best seller artist on Saatchi Art.

About Her Works

The substructure of the artist’s plastic language is based on the four states of the matter with its transforming processes and its movements in time and space. With her artistic aproach based on abstraction, the artist builds her notion of space on the spot that physics has reached so far.
Whilst forming her artistic practices around the transformation and motion of the matter in space and its interaction made with hypothetical void, she brings some extraordinary dimensions and oscillations through juxtapositions and superpositons.
What is solid evaporates, liquid freezes, air solidifies, what is behind appears in the front and the atoms the reality is made of are torn apart.
In ‘%100 Fictional Spaces’ series, the inevitable and unfathomable phenomenons of the universe cause a sense of alienation by intruding the life of the individual.
While taking inspiration from science-fiction, thriller, iconology, tales and personal memories, she utilizes the paint as it can easily represent other textures and also itself as paint, in order to create collage – like paintings.

'The Rip' Series

‘The Rip’ Series I, 100 x 100 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2017, Collection of House Bomonti Residence & Hotel – Istanbul, © Görkem Dikel


2012 – … – MFA – Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Painting Department
2015 – 2015 – Educational Sciences Certificate Program – Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University –
Department of Social Sciences
2009 – BA – Universidad de Sevilla, Department of Painting
2007 – 2012 – BA – Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Painting

Selected Shows

2018 – Collective Exh: “Coordinate Plane” Curated by İpek Yeğinsü, Merkür Gallery, Istanbul
2017 – Collective Exh: Three Day World, Tekke Yokuşu no.3 – İstanbul
2017 – Art Fair: Art Sevilla, Arquemi Estudio y Galeria de Arquitectura – Spain
2017 – La Noche en Blanco, Arquemi Estudio y Galeria de Arquitectura – Spain
2017 – Art Fair: Parallax Art Fair, London, UK
2017 – Group Show: “Nilüfer Çalıştayı Sergisi”, Nazım Hikmet Kültür Evi, Bursa, Turkey
2016 – Group Show: “Tutti Frutti”, Teşvikiye Sanat Galerisi, Turkey
2016 – Group Show: “Sıcak, Çok Sıcak”, Teşvikiye Sanat Galerisi, Turkey
2015 – Group Show: “Witnesses”, Rem Art Space, Turkey
2015 – Art Fair: Contemporary Istanbul, Berlin Istanbul Quartier, Turkey
2015 – Group Show: “Open Space”, Mixer Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 – Group Show: “Bahce II”, Eskisehir Osman Gazi University, Turkey
2014 – Duo Show: “Poetic Geometry”, Anna Laudel Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 – Group Show: “Open Space”, Mixer, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 – Art Fair: “Bahce I”, Artist Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 – Solo Show: “Empathy”, Galeria de Arte Aula, Sevilla, Spain
2012 – Solo Show: “Bigger Than You”, Soda, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 – Group Show: “Dreams”, Austria Saint George Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 – Art Fair: “Pipe”, Artist Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 – Group Show: “Spontaneously”, Hotel Palazzo Donizetti, Istanbul, Turkey


2018 – Panel: “Urban Layers: Interrogating Future of Our Civilization on Colors, Texture and Abstraction” Moderator: İpek Yeğinsü, Gallery Merkür, Istanbul
2018 – Guided Exhibition Tour: “Coordinate Plane”, Gallery Merkür, Istanbul
2017 – Seminar: “Pangea” by Association de Apoyo al Pueblo Sirio – Andalucia, Re Evoluciona, Ecija, Spain
2018 -Artist Residency: Gallery Kambur Cappadoccia
2017 – Residency: “Nilüfer Artist Residency”, Nilüfer Municipality, Bursa, Turkey
2016 – Participating:  “Open Studio Days” by Deniz Beşer & Juliane Saupe, Turkey
2016 – Seminar: “Space Camp”, @Doğa Schools, Antalya, Turkey
2014 – Artist Talk: Kartal DISK Vocational Highschool, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 – Fellowship: “Jovenes Creadores”, Fundacion Antonio Gala, Cordoba, Spain
2011 – Artist Residency: “Plein-Air”, Fundacion Tres Culturas, Spain


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