is something of Japanese art philosophy in the art work I had gone to see one
afternoon at the ArtRooms in The House. Inspired by the famous tale ‘The Little
Black Fish’ by the Iranian children books writer Samed Behrengi, published in
1974, the artist Gökhan Okur completed the series of his world of fishes within
the time frame of 2004 to 2015 in various techniques, from huge acrylic
paintings to small silk screen prints. They are connected to each other by his
beautiful red signature logo.
the last ten years I have come across the Little Black Fish as inspiration for many
other art forms, with Cypriot artists giving their interpretation of migration
and leaving isolation, it also served as plot for a theatre play. The story is
old fish is speaking to her 12,000 children and grandchildren, describing the
journey of a small black fish who leaves the safety of the local stream to
venture into the world.
path of the little fish leads down a waterfall and along the length of the
river to the sea. Along the way the fish meets several interesting characters,
including a helpful lizard and the dreaded pelican. With both wisdom and
courage, the fish travels far indeed, and the tale ends with the little black
fish as an example for others.
is a touching story which still moves people, and so I go along the ArtRoom
walls with this story in my mind. A symbol. The graphic presentation of an
important symbol for freedom and for trying to understand other worlds.
Okur, born in 1969 in Ankara, has come to live and work in North Cyprus in 2006
as a lecturer at the Near East University Fine Arts and Design Faculty, Graphic
Design Department. Having graduated from the Restoration Dept. of Trakya
University Edirne, Technical Sciences Vocational School, he entered the Graphic
Dept of the Fine Arts Faculty at Hacettepe University where he worked as
researcher and lecturer and in which he graduated in 1995. He gained his
masters degree in 1998 and went on to complete his qualification programmein
art in 2010.
exhibition is still open until 20 November 2015, viewing times are according to
the opening times of the restaurant The House.
and information: Oya Silbery 0542 856 7077