interview with Şenol conducted in 2007 is included in my book ‘Art and
Creativity in North Cyprus’. I like his work, be it paintings or sculptures
because he has his very own handwriting and follows no dictation. He does his
work besides teaching, he once taught at the Güvenci Okullar Grubu in
is now teaching at the GAU College as art teacher. Children love him for his
limitless fantasy he transposes to his teaching.
year’s exhibition is dedicated to his wife Tijen who had supported him through
all the years. I had met Şenol and his family at their home where in one corner
of his living room he had his space for working.
was born in Limassol in 1959. He is very concerned about peace and the
environment, and he depicts the difference between
natural processes and man-made ‘progress’, culminating in the so-called
achievements of modern society ending in global warming. He is obviously a highly sensitive man who
touches everything with tenderness and care, and is at all times aware of the
world around him. His sculptures are about humanity, Cypriots, homeland, earth
and sea. The circle symbolises inclusive love and understanding, but when
broken up, it signifies imbalance. The form of a pole reaching high, the form
of squares ... all these symbols are used to depict the destiny of his people.
His people, trying to emerge into the open air like worms or underground shoots
in white clay, in order to overcome the suppression against dark powers. Then again, elsewhere, his people are shown
safe in the centre of a circle enjoying a bonfire.
am looking forward to see Şenol’s new exhibition opening on 17 June at 19:00
hrs, to see his new ideas about humanity. The exhibition will be open until
June 27 and viewing times will be at official governmental office hours.