For this year's edition of Contemporary Istanbul, Opera Gallery is showcasing a selection of its
Contemporary program promoting dialogue across disciplines and highlighting varied perspectives.
This online presentation features works by 11 artists from different cultures and experiences:
Fernando Botero, Manolo Valdés, Cho Sung-Hee, Andy Denzler, Reza Derakshani, Seo Young-Deok,
Cabellut, Anthony James, Julian Opie, Nick Gentry and Chun Kwang-Young.
Secretary 2010 Oil on canvas 206 x 129 cm
- 81.1 x 50.8 in
Colombian artist Fernando Botero is best known for his distinctive style of smooth inflated shapes
unexpected shifts in scale, which reflects the artist's constant search to give volume presence and
Maternita 2003 Bronze 48,3 x 20,3 x 20,3 cm - 19 x 8 x 8 in
Spanish artist Manolo Valdés has developed an individual style that reviews History without detracting
the original subject. Quoting figures from well-known works of art by old masters such as Velázquez,
Rembrandt, Rubens, and Fra Angelico, as well as twentieth-century masters such as Matisse, Picasso, and
Lichtenstein, Valdés revitalises these familiar images by taking them out of their original context.
his treatment of the material as well as his feeling for composition and effect, he manages to make each
motif his own.
Retrato con Fondo
Naranja 2020 Mixed media 165,1 x 177,8
- 65 x 70 in
Korean artist Cho Sung-Hee successfully combines a traditional Korean sensibility with her unique vision
personal narrative. Her works explore the complex relationship between colour and texture through a
intensive, time-consuming process. In constructing the surface of her works, she uses a collage method
which many circles are hand-cut or gently torn from traditional
hanji paper, then layered with oil pigments and placed one atop another.
Galaxy 2014 Korean
mulberry tree paper (hanji) and oil on
canvas 162,2 x
130,3 cm - 63.9 x 51.3 in
Swiss artist Andy Denzler has created a signature style encompassing bands of pigment that alternate
static, thick marks and blurred, flowing sweeps. The human figure remains at the core of his
courting the viewer's memories, and leaving him with a vague gnawing that he has missed something lying
beneath the surface. Perception and distortion are prominent and powerful traits of Denzler's practice.
Fractured III 2020 Oil on canvas 150 x 180 cm - 59.1 x 70.9
Iranian artist Reza Derakshani builds up the luminous, textured surfaces of his paintings with a
roof tar, after which he applies layers of colour and other materials such as gold, silver, enamel,
sand. Blending abstract and figurative elements from both Western and Eastern cultures, he creates
idiosyncratic œuvre at the confluence of civilisations.
Night Hunt 2019 Oil on canvas 140 x 200 cm - 55.1 x
Spanish painter Lita Cabellut has developed a contemporary variation of the classic fresco
recognisable personal palette style that awaken the viewer's senses. This portrait, endowed with
psychological potency captures the raw essence or the soul of its subject and exudes energy,
Margarita 2019 Aluminium 30,5
x 20,3 x
15,2 cm - 12 x 8 x 6 in
Mesmerising and energetic, Anthony James's work gestures towards the theatricality of
formalism with a focus on materiality, alchemy, and a deep respect for light and space. The
to translate the notion of infinity into art through his awe-inspiring sculptures.
Painting 2020 Polished stainless
101.6 x 101.6 cm - 40 x 40 in (each)
Always exploring different techniques, both cutting edge and ancient, British artist Julian
ways of seeing through reinterpreting the vocabulary of everyday life. Minimal and linear,
style evokes both a visual and spatial experience of the world around us.
Wall Portal (Aged
Copper) 2020 Steel, specialised
Aged Copper finish 81,3 x 81,3 cm - 32 x 32 in
Nick Gentry and Seo Young-Deok artworks explore the relationship between humans and their
industrialised environment. Korean artist Seo Young-Deok illustrates this connection with
representations of the human body using welded chains taken from industrial machinery and
painter Nick Gentry evokes today's consumerism by creating portraits using outdated computer
Meditation 399 2019 Stainless chain 121 x 87 x 104 cm -
47.6 x 34.3
The textural, crystalline paper wall sculpture by Korean artist Chun Kwang-Young is from
the Aggregation series for which the artist is best
sculptural composition is created from a myriad of small shapes wrapped in hand dyed old
in the traditional manner on Korea's celebrated mulberry-pulp paper, called hanji. Chun likens the wrapped shapes to cells or
information, and sees analogies to both chemistry and the human condition in the ways that
interact physically: sometimes meshing, sometimes clashing.
Anguish 18 2013 Iron chain 95 x 45 x 70 cm - 37.4
x 17.7 x