Ergin İnan


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Artwork Location: Türkiye
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    • Who is Ergin İnan? It is known that religion, mystical beliefs and Sufism were influential in Turkish art in periods long before the Turks became Muslims. The influence of religious beliefs and Sufism during the Seljuk and Ottoman periods was very effective in the development of Turkish art. Importance was given to Anatolian culture and the protection of national values, and artists came to the fore in this direction. Ergin İnan is a doyen artist who left his mark on contemporary Turkish painting with his long and fruitful artistic life. He was born on November 14, 1943 in Malatya. He completed primary and high school in his hometown. In 1964, he entered the Painting Department of the Istanbul State Academy of Applied Fine Arts and graduated in 1968. During the same period, he took the assistant exam of his department. He passed the exam and started working as Helmut Hungerberg's assistant. He attended the Salzburg Summer Academy in 1969, with Prof. He worked together with Emilio Vedova. He went to Germany in 1971 with an academic exchange scholarship. He worked in France and Italy between 1972-73. In 1975, he became a faculty member at the Istanbul School of Applied Fine Arts. 7 years later, he continued his job at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. In 1985, he was awarded the title of professor and then continued his academic career at Yeditepe University. In 2010, he won the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Prize in the painting category. Influenced by the famous miniaturist Black Kalem, who lived in the 15th century, Ergin İnan used Byzantine icons, anonymous Anatolian folk arts, and Quran manuscripts in his paintings and drawings. He published Mevlana's masnavis and paintings in the book 99 Poems and 99 Paintings (2007). Ergin İnan's art, which includes Ottoman Turkish and modern Turkish unwritten scripts in his detailed patterns, is based on examining and interpreting the metaphysical meaning between existence and extinction from his own perspective. In his paintings, the search for synthesis of Eastern and Western cultures can be observed. Starting from the 1970s, he reflects the visual and symbolic relationships established between images in his works depicting insects and human figures. AWARDS 1993 International Osaka Painting Triennial (Third Place) Japan, 1988 International. 2nd Asia-Europe Biennale. (First) Ankara, 1987 "Artist of the Year" 1984 Sedat Simavi Foundation Plastic Arts Award 1983 International 6th Cleveland Bien. (Grand Prize) England, 1982 International Miniature Print Bien. award Seoul-Korea, 1982 International Norwegian Edition Bien. Honor Award 2010 Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Prize