|Lives & Works||:||Izmir / Turkey|
Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Business (1988)
In the early 1980s Guler Kutluk started to satisfy some of her creative urges by designing and making objects, jewellery and clothes, but the desire to be an artist did not subside and after graduating from Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Business in 1988 she decided it was time to rediscover her artistic creativity and consequently began painting in the studio of painter Dilek Misciler in 1994. Here she worked to improve her knowledge of basic painting techniques, learned color theory and gained experience in working with various styles of paint, brushes and other painting tools until 1997.
In the early 2000s, believing it was time to move forward, the artist established her own art studio and while continuing her creative works there, at the same time she explored alternative means of artistic expression at various other art studios and expanded her skills as an artist. She also practiced linoleum print around this period.
Later between the years 2006 -2008 the artist primarily focused on charcoal and graphite drawing and attended the art studios of İzmir Art and Sculpture Museum and Gallery to advance her proficiency in line and pattern drawing techniques. Since 2010, Guler Kutluk has been continuing her works at her own art studio, as well as joining the studio of artist Sehmuz Durak, one of the graduates of State School of Applied Fine Arts (Tatbiki Guzel Sanatlar Yuksekokulu).
Kutluk, drawing her inspirations from various schools of modernism, conveys the abstractive nature of the world we live in and our notions of self with innovative aesthetic sensitivity. In other words, her works reach beyond what can be seen and expose the dichotomy between our everyday experiences and the abstract reality that lies underneath them.
2008 3rd Art Academy Painting Competition, jury members: Bedri Baykam and Habip Aydoğdu. Third place with “Happiness is Seeing (Mutluluk Görmek’tir)” painting
2009 SESAN 1st International Art Competition, “Carnival (Karnaval)” and “Time to Time (Zaman Zaman)” paintings were selected for exhibition
2019 Meraki 1 ‘Hal Dili’ Kırmızı Art Gallery, Kuşçular, İZMİR
2017 Guler Kutluk Workshop Exhibition, online LEBRIZCOM
2016 ‘Nüve’ Bozcaada Art Gallery, Bozcaada, ÇANAKKALE
2015 ‘Pure Sense’, Marjinart Gallery, İSTANBUL
2015 ‘Abstract Analysis’, Mustafa Ayaz Museum and Plastic Arts Center Foundation, ANKARA
2014 ‘A Summer selection’, Keçi Cafe, URLA, İZMİR
2010 ‘Colors pass through me’, Ege University, Ege Vocational School Art Gallery, İZMİR
2009 ‘Spring!… and first and last and always!’, İzmir Art Culture Center, İZMİR
2006 Agora Art, İZMİR
2016 Karşıyaka Municipality Fair Art Gallery, Karşıyaka, İZMİR
2015 ARTIST, 25th International İstanbul Art Fair, Marjinart Gallery, İSTANBUL
2015 Marjinart Gallery, 35th International Interior & Decoration Fair, Lütfi Kırdar, İSTANBUL
2015 ‘From Our Window’, Karşıyaka Municipality Fair Culture Center, Karşıyaka, İZMIR
2014 'marjin.art.market', Year-end Exhibition, Innpark Fine Arts Area, Galatasaray, İSTANBUL
2014 ARTIST, 24th International Istanbul Art Fair, Marjinart Gallery, İSTANBUL
2014 ‘Young View’, BSM Turgut Özakman Exhibition Hall, ESKİŞEHİR
2014 Marjinart Gallery, 34th International Interior Architecture & Decoration Exhibition, Lütfi Kırdar, İSTANBUL
2014 Turkishpaintings.com, 2nd Jury-selection Group Exhibition, La Galeria Culture & Art Center, ANKARA
2014 Turkishpaintings.com, 1st Jury-selection Group Exhibition, La Galeria Culture & Art Center, ANKARA
2013 International Watercolor Festival, Seferihisar, İZMİR
2012 Interactive Exhibition at Gürel Recidence, İZMİR
2009 Karşıyaka Municipality Fair Art Gallery, Karşıyaka, İZMİR