Turan Erol

Who is Turan Erol?

Turan Erol was born in 1927 in Milas district of Muğla. He passed the talent exam in 1944 and entered the painting department of the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts, graduating from the Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu Workshop in 1951. He taught painting and art history for eight years in secondary schools in different provinces of Turkey.
In 1960, while he was working at the General Directorate of Fine Arts of the Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Turkey, he went to Paris with a scholarship from the French government and conducted research and studies on painting for three years. He copied Francisco Goya’s painting titled Marquise de la Solana in the Louvre Museum. After returning from Paris in 1964, he worked as a lecturer at Ankara Gazi Education Institute until 1973. He completed his doctorate in 1974 with his thesis titled Human and Animal Figure in Turkish Painting. He received the title of associate professor in 1978 with his thesis titled The Formation Process of Contemporary Turkish Painting and Bedri Rahmi Eyüpoğlu. He served as the chairman of the Plastic Arts Board of the Ministry of Culture for a year. In 1980, he shared the Sedat Simavi Foundation Visual Arts Award with painter Adnan Varınca.
The artist, who taught in the painting department of Gazi University Faculty of Education for four years since 1983, was appointed to Hacettepe University Faculty of Fine Arts after receiving the title of professor in 1985. Turan Erol served at this faculty until his retirement in 1990.

Turan Erol also designed the cover of Yaşar Kemal's book titled Demirciler Çarşısı Cinayeti. The artist, who was deemed worthy of the title of state artist in 1991, was one of the founding members of the Group of Ten. He was also among the founding members of the United Painters and Sculptors Association, which was established in 1970.
Turan Erol died at the age of 96 in the hospital where he was treated in Ankara on February 15, 2023. Her husband Türkan Erol also died in the morning hours of the next day. Turan and Türkan Erol couple were buried in Gölbaşı Cemetery after the funeral prayer performed at Kocatepe Mosque on February 17.
Turan Erol was the last surviving member of the Group of 10.

1961: Second prize in the State Sculpture Painting Competition
1968: First prize in the State Painting and Sculpture Competition
1969: Contemporary Painters and Sculptors Association Special Jury Prize
1971: TRT Painting Competition Achievement Award
1973: Ministry of Culture Ataturk and Republic Award
1973: Milliyet Art Magazine "painting artist of the year" award
1980: Sedat Simavi Foundation Visual Arts Award (together with Adnan Varınca[2])
1982: United Painters and Sculptors Association Award
1991: Title of State Artist of the Republic of Türkiye
1994: Ankara Art Association "Painter of the Year" Award
1996: International Plastic Arts Association "Fiftieth Year in Art" Service Award
1997: Hacettepe University Fiftieth Year Service Award
2001: Mimar Sinan University Fiftieth Year Service Award
2002: Gazi University Fiftieth Year Service Award
2002: TÜYAP Honor Award
2003: Contemporary Art Foundation Honored Artist Award
2016: "Art Plane Tree" award given by the World Mass Communication Research Foundation within the scope of the Ankara International Film Festival. Archived on 10 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
2020: 50th Anniversary Honorary Award of the United Painters and Sculptors Association for assuming the founding and first chairmanship of the board of directors of the Association
2011: Hacettepe Art Museum, Ankara
2007: Gazi University Painting and Sculpture Museum, Ankara
2006: Türkiye İş Bankası Art Gallery, Istanbul
2002: Akbank Culture and Art Center, Istanbul
2000: Helikon Art gallery, Ankara
1999: Milli Re Art Gallery Retrospective Painting Exhibition
1998: Yapı Kredi Kazım Tashkent art gallery, Istanbul
1996: Helikon Art Gallery, Ankara
1994: Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, Istanbul
1994: Kile Art Gallery, Istanbul
1994: Maya Art Gallery, Istanbul
1994: Black and White Art Gallery, Ankara
1993: Armoni Art Gallery, Ankara
1992: Gallery Selvin, Ankara
1990: Gallery Selvin, Ankara
1990: Kile Art Gallery, Istanbul
1990: Garanti Art Gallery, Istanbul
1989: Garanti Art Gallery, Istanbul
1989: Kile Art Gallery, Istanbul
1988: Pallet Art Gallery, Eskişehir
1987: Kile Art Gallery, Istanbul
1986: Beymen Bedesten Art Gallery, Ankara
1984: Tiglat Art Gallery, Istanbul
1981: Vakko Art Gallery, Izmir
1979: Tiglat Art Gallery, Istanbul
1978: Artisan Art Gallery, Ankara
1977: Maçka Art Gallery, Istanbul
1976: Artisan Art Gallery, Ankara
1975: Melda Kaptane Art Gallery, Istanbul
1975: German Library, Ankara
1973: German Library Ankara
1972: Gallery 1 Istanbul
1969: Gallery 1 Istanbul
1968: German Library Ankara
1963: State Fine Arts gallery, Ankara
Selections from International Exhibitions
2002: A Section of Contemporary Turkish Painting Seoul South Korea
1998: Five Turkish Painters Sydney Australia
1985: International Fair Basel Switzerland
1980: Contemporary Turkish Painting Exhibition Moscow
1978: Turkish Painters Gallery Brukke Cologne Germany

Start typing to see posts you are looking for.