Painter Abdurrahim Güney brought together his painting exhibition with the theme of "Looks", consisting of his works made with acrylic paint technique on canvas, with art lovers at SANKO Art Gallery.

Abdurrahim Güney stated that every individual should benefit from the unifying and healing power of art and said, "We should not ignore the unifying aspect of art, which is the common denominator of societies for a more livable world." Stating that painting is a way of life for both himself and his family and pointing out that he has been painting for more than 40 years, Güney pointed out that he focuses on eyes in his works. In addition, Güney explained that he paid attention to the color and tone connection between the background and the portrait, and underlined that by depicting the portrait in front of a colorful background, by using contrasting colors appropriately and in moderation, he strengthened the connection between the viewer and the painting by making the expression dominant on the canvas.


“Art makes a great contribution to the development of society”

Emphasizing that doing what one loves is of great importance on the path to success, Güney continued his words as follows: “As a family, we love the art of painting very much. My wife and children are also interested in painting. Painting has a very special place in our lives. Every individual should be interested in a branch of art or do the job they love or dream of. Art is a very important factor in the development and progress of societies. Art, which has an important place in industrializing and developing countries, has also contributed to the development of Europe. It is not possible for societies that do not value art and artists to progress. Gaziantep is a special city that wrote a great heroic epic with its unique struggle during the War of Independence. "I am happy and proud to present my works to art lovers in Gaziantep on the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic."


Güney concluded his words by saying, "I proudly celebrate the 100th anniversary of the declaration of our Republic, and I remember with mercy and gratitude all our heroes who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country, especially Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades in arms."


SANKO Art Gallery Executive Board Vice President Cengiz Halil Çiçek, Executive Board Member Murat Köylüoğlu, painter Ayşegül Bakkaloğlu, Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce Fine Arts High School Painting Teachers Hüseyin Yıldırım, Özer Çağlar, students and art lovers attended the opening of the exhibition.


After the speeches, painters Ayşegül Bakkaloğlu, Hüseyin Yıldırım and Özer Çağlar presented Güney the scientific publication titled "Belkıs Zeugma and Mosaics", which was published by SANKO Holding and is the scientific publication of the Gaziantep Archeology Museum.


Güney's personal painting exhibition with the theme of "Looks" can be visited every day between 10.00-22.00 until November 17, 2023, at the SANKO Art Gallery on the third floor of SANKO Park AVM.


Abdurrahim Güney was born in 1969 in Pasinler, Erzurum. He graduated from Atatürk University Kazım Karabekir Faculty of Education, Department of Art Teaching. He completed his master's degree at Akdeniz University Fine Arts Institute. The artist, who has opened 11 personal exhibitions, has 16 national and international awards and many paintings and works in private collections. The artist, who continues his artistic activities at the Southern Academy of Fine Arts, works as an art teacher at Antalya Atatürk Anatolian High School. The artist, who was influenced by many art movements, states that expressionism influenced him more, especially because he blended his emotions, excitement, and joys with his inner world and transferred them to his canvases.

The subjects of his recent works are female portraits and horses. He uses horses in his works based on the importance of horses in Turkish culture, the anatomical perfection of the horse, and especially the saying in Turkish society that horseshoes are good against the evil eye. Especially in portraits, he uses fantastic fiction and deformation, transforming the expressions in the eyes into a formal expression language, and tries to establish a bond between the viewer and the painting. The artist uses supporting figures in his works to increase the impact of female portraits on the viewer, and considers flowers, butterflies, foams and bubbles as parts of his subjects. The artist, who loves to integrate the magical beauty inherent in women with butterflies, which we know with their short and mysterious life story, is another beautiful thing. Based on the idea of "can't there be a butterfly but not a flower?", the artist integrates these figures with his own style of expression and produces works that the audience will enjoy.