İsmail Altınok

Who is İsmail Altınok (1920-2002)

Painter, art worker and teacher İsmail Altınok was born in Burdur in 1920. He was a student of Abidin Elderoğlu at Izmir Teacher Training School, and of Malik Aksel and Refik Epikman at Gazi Education Institute, which he graduated in 1943. He met Cemal Tollu in 1942.
He established friendships with Eşref Üren and Cemal Bingöl in Ankara. He worked as an art teacher at Eskişehir High School, Ankara Atatürk High School, Namık Kemal Secondary School, Ankara Kology and Cyprus Limassol 19 Mayıs High School. In 1955, he went to France for a group exhibition and spent a month in Paris. He joined the Black Kalem Group, which was founded in 1961.

In 1959, he won a scholarship from the Italian government and stayed in Rome for four months. The painter, who participated in State Painting Exhibitions since 1943 and won various awards, retired from teaching in 1973.

İsmail Altınok’s first painting exhibition was at Devrim Primary School in Ankara (1948), and the last one was a retrospective exhibition at Ankara İş Bankası Art Gallery in December 2001. In addition to the books he wrote on painting, he gave various conferences: “Today’s Turkish Painting”, “Problems of Turkish Painting”, “Definition of Art”, “Vasarely”, “Socialist View and the Art of Painting”, “Positive Art, Negative Art”. “Seeking Identity in Painting” are some of the main ones.
He had to quit painting in the last years of his life due to health problems. He passed away on May 7, 2002.

Receives awards
In 1943, he received the second prize in the exhibition opened by Ankara Community Center.
His painting "Burdur Mountains", which participated in the State Painting Exhibition in 1954, was printed in the Art Calendar and purchased by the state.
His painting "Houses on the Mountain" won the second prize at the State Painting Exhibition opened in 1959.

Turkish Painting Today (1971)
New Painting - Business Lessons (1975)
Notes of a Painter (1980)

Personal exhibitions
Ankara Devrim Primary School (1948)
Istanbul Maya Art Gallery (1951)
Istanbul Maya Art Gallery (1953)
Ankara National Library Gallery (1960)
Ankara State Fine Arts Gallery (1969)
Istanbul Taksim Art Gallery, Ankara OR-AN Art Gallery (Only with abstract paintings, 1974)
Ankara Pedil Art Gallery (1982)
Ankara Art Production Gallery (1983)
Izmir Turkish-American Association Picture Gallery (1985)
Ankara Doku Art Gallery (1985)
Ankara Şekerbank Art Gallery (1985)
Arda Art Gallery (1991)
Burdur Fine Arts Gallery, Oluşum Art Gallery (Abstract paintings only, 1992)
Ankara Türkiye İş Bankası Art Gallery (Retrospective, 2001)

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