By Heidi Trautmann
Gazi Yüksel, born in Nicosia in 1963, as son of a
watchmaker known as ‘Bizim Saatci/Our watchmaker’ worked as photojournalist for
nearly twenty years.His job led him through all levels of social and political
life and situations, an experience that taught him many lessons and – this is
what I have come to believe – which made him a sort of philosopher. He chose to
teach at the Near East University all that has to do with photography,
especially applied photography. He then took up studies in Painting with great
success as we can see. I had seen some of his work in many group exhibitions.
His first solo painting exhibition entitled ‘Our
Walls’ opened on May 16, 2016 at the Bedesten and HE Mustafa Akinci, who had
come to open the exhibition, certainly knew best the implication the title
carries for us. He has written eight books on photography.
Walls.....we are surrounded by them in our daily
lives, often invisible to us, and often built by us without realising. Walls in
society, walls in families, in daily communication and ...in politics, and
finally the still existing wall that divides the island in two halves.
Gazi Yüksel brings them all forward and gives us his
interpretation. Reading the titles of his 43 paintings may give you an idea of
the thoughts that led his brush, for example: Scars of life and walls; Doors
turning into walls; Invisible walls; Women; Our walls and our choices; Wall of
alcohol.....and so forth.
Being a highly professional photographer he knows what
the main elements of a statement have to be, and he uses abstract formulas to
enhance his statement, symbols such as: Keyhole, key, human profiles, symbols
for peace and freedom.... The construction of the paintings are in mostly geometric
shapes, positive and negative, linear and pointillistic; strong colours,
posters admonishing society like a magnifying mirror, like the painting he used
for the announcement of his exhibition: the human within nature, a wall in
The exhibition is still on until May 27, 2016.