"THE INSPIRATION OF AN ARTIST CHANGES ACCORDING TO THE ARTIST. IT CAN BE DIFFERENT MOTIVATIONS SUCH AS PASSION, LOVE, DESIRE OR ANY OTHER SENTIMENT"
Cengiz Gücük was born in 1942 in Istanbul. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Marmara University in 1965. At the age of 23, he received an award of “young painters” in State Baden Württemberg. A year later, he studied under the Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs who was one of the founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism (German: Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus, together with Arik Brauer, Rudolf Hausner, Wolfgang Hutter, and Anton Lehmden referred to as "The Big Five"), all students of Professor Albert Paris Gütersloh. Throughout his lifetime, his work has been exhibited in both galleries and museums and many solo exhibitions in Turkey and abroad.
Through his works, he displays a complex simplicity that somehow allows you to gather your thoughts and allows for the flow of emotions that you are bound to experience without expectations. You are submerged in a still moment that not only says that moment, but describes the totality of infinity…where ever that may take you.
"I am a surrealist painter. The common side of the surrealists is to express emotions freely, without the control of reason. To emphasize the subconscious and intuition. To establish a relationship with the audience with a set of connotations."
Q. What are your first memories of the beginning of your artistic career?
A. In my teen years, I would always save all the extra money given to me by my parents for oil paints, and I would copy the works of well-known painters. Then, I finally decided to immerse myself in my own vision and my own style. It was at that point, my own composition and colors appeared. You see, the inspiration of an artist changes according to the artist. It can be different motivations such as passion, love, desire or any other sentiment.
Q. Who are your biggest influences, are there any particular painting traditions?
A. At the beginning of my career, I used the ancient Turkish civilizations, Hitit, Eti and Ottoman civilization as sets of ornaments-- I have used symbols and motifs.
Q. What does "success" mean to you?
A. The freedom to create with pleasure and the pleasure to share it with family and friends.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. Be a true artist by always keeping your emotions and feelings fresh.