Who is Komet?

He produced works in different branches of art. The artist, who uses the name “Komet”, which also means “comet”, is generally known for his paintings and engravings in which he blends imagination and reality. According to Mehmet Güleryüz in his river interview titled Don’t Look at My Smile, he was inspired by the band “Bill Haley & His Comets”. The artist is mostly known by this name. The artist, who is interested in literature, has a book of poems and memoirs.

Mehmet Gürkan Coşkun was born on July 22, 1941 in Çorum. He graduated from Çorum High School. He studied at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University between 1960 and 1967 and worked in the workshops of Halil Dikmen and Zeki Faik İzer. He reflected various human appearances on the canvas in complex and crowded groups with a fantastic orientation. The painter who used black color the most in his paintings of this period; He emphasized the theme of death and pain with reds, pinks and yellows.
In 1971, he went to Paris with a state scholarship. Here he studied at Vincence University, Department of Plastic Arts. He opened his first exhibition in Rouen, France, in 1974. From then on, he regularly participated in Salon de Mai (May Salon) exhibitions. While in Paris, he studied pre-Renaissance Italian art, Pompeian paintings and Italian Primitives; He began to produce works that were based on the mysterious world of the subconscious but did not lose touch with reality.

Like some other representatives of his generation of the new figure movement that rose after 1960 (Burhan Uygur, Mehmet Güleryüz, Utku Varlık, Cihat Aral, Nevhiz, Aka Gündüz Temur, Alaettin Aksoy, Oral Enuğur), his paintings are auto-referential and affective. and envisaged establishing a fantasy/mysterious world. From 1973 to 1981, he made paintings dominated by Neo-Romantic, Neo-Expressionist and Post-Modernist expressions, respectively. After 1981, he established a completely independent narrative.
The painter, who lives in Istanbul and Paris, opened fifteen personal exhibitions in Turkey, nine in Paris, and one in Vienna, Salzburg, Lausanne and Brussels, and also participated in many international exhibitions.
In 2004, he published his memoir titled "I Came Running and Pierced the Socks". His poems, which had appeared in various magazines in previous years, were published as a book in 2007. Gürkan Coşkun passed away in Istanbul on September 25, 2022, at the age of 81. He died at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University on September 28. A memorial ceremony was held in Istanbul with the participation of his family, friends and students, and he was buried in Aşiyan Cemetery after the funeral prayer at Bebek Mosque.

2004: Koşarak Geldim Çorabı Deldim - Anı - Okuyan Us Yayınları
2007: Olabilir Olabilir - Şiir - Komşu Yayınları

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