About me and my Art


Born in Cyprus, but now living in Exeter, UK, I am an Artist, Writer and ex-university lecturer. I have been practising Art from a young age, but destiny did not intend me to become an Artist until I had many other experiences in life. I started to immerse myself into Art fully when I established my studio, ‘The ArtHouse’ in October 2016, which then became my stage, and my Art my performance.

I playfully explore different avenues of abstraction mainly using acrylics on canvas. However, my inspiration has always been the human figure, and symbols in the universe. Depending on the topic and mood, the layering of colours range from fine semi-transparent to heavy and textured. Similarly, the brushes and other painting aids I use vary from being very big and bold to very fine and detailed. This probably is also a reflection of my feelings which are usually expressed strongly and passionately, which is probably something I inherited from my Mediterranean background.




The colours I use and combine are said to be very different, and ‘very colourful’. Even if I use just two or three colours, they burst out with colour and brightness. I searched long and far to find the colours that are in my mind and would enable me to tell my story on the canvas. Similarly, shapes all have a meaning linked to certain feelings, and sometimes they can be as complex as our minds.




There are times, usually after finishing a big project that has tired me and took a long time to come to complete, I spontaneously start to paint to free my mind and go with the flow. However, most of the time an image starts in my mind and I continuously think, analyse, search and get prepared to perform the feeling and moods passing through my soul onto my canvas. In a way, the story is usually towards its conclusion in my mind before I start painting it. For some of my paintings, this process of shaping and colouring my story, sometimes took me several months. However, I have the flexibility to experiment different avenues and change direction depending on what the flow of life brings to my painting. 

I have always been asked to name the type of paintings I do. I feel that Art is like a big ocean and I am still experimenting on the shores of this ocean. If a wave leads me to a certain way, I go and experiment before deciding if it will be a part of my style. Sometimes I find huge waves and they intrigue me to take a leap of faith in that direction. But I would say my style is expressing my moods and observations using striking colours, shapes, textures oscillating amongst human figure, nature and the secret symbols of the universe.




Art Education

• 2020 (February) – Collage in Art, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK.
• 2019 (March) - Abstracting The landscape, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK.
• 2018 (January) - 2019 (March) – Abstract Art Course with Patrick Jones, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK.
• 2018 (July) – Abstract & Acrylics with Nilgün Kozal, Nicosia, North Cyprus.
• 2017 (April-June) – Acrylics Course, Exeter College, Topsham, Exeter, UK.
• 2007 – Private Acrylics tutoring with international Artist Diane Hedley, Exeter, UK.
• 2000 (September) - 2001 (April) – Life Drawing Course, Exeter College, Exeter.

 
• 1991 (September) -1992 (March) – Tutored by Artist Nilgün Kozal. Experimented with drawing, watercolours and oil on paper amongst others. Nicosia, North Cyprus.
• 1989 (April) – 1991 (July) – Tutored by Artist Aşık Mene. Experimented with drawing, tempera and oil on paper, board and canvas. Nicosia, North Cyprus.

Other Education

• PhD (Cultural Impacts), MBA, BSc, Cert Ed., LRSM (Piano, Grade 8). 

 Exhibitions

2020 (16 Dec - ) ‘Winter Varity’, Solo On-line Art Exhibition, www.sohretbasaranhowellsart.uk.
• 2020 (18 September-1 October) – ‘Through the Imaginary Bubble’, Solo Art Exhibition, AWESome Art Space Gallery, Exeter, UK.
• 2020 (18 August – 5 September) – 'Brave New World Exhibition', The Glorious Art House, Exeter, UK.
• 2020 (1 August – 31 December) - ‘Tesseract of People and Nature – Further Exploration of limits of Abstraction’, Solo On-line Art Exhibition, www.sohretbasaranhowellsart.uk.
• 2020 (March-July) – Bizzy Be Gallery, Exeter, UK.
• 2019 (4-6 July) - Exeter Art & Craft Festival, Exeter, UK.
• 2019 (9-15 May) – ‘Abstract Exploration’, Solo Art Exhibition, AWEsome Art Space Gallery, Exeter, UK.
• 2018 (22 September) - Lamboussa Art & Antiques Fair, North Cyprus.
• 2018 (20-22 July) - Parallax Art Fair, Kensington, London, UK.
• 2018 (1 June-30 September) - Gallery No. 2, Dawlish, UK.
• 2018 (22-28 May) – ‘Walking Through Abstraction’, Solo Art Exhibition and Open House (AWE), The Art House, Exeter, UK.
• 2018 (22-28 May) - AWEsome Art Fair, AWEsome Art Space Gallery, Exeter, UK.
• 2018 (29 March-29 May) - Zita's Art Room, Exeter, UK.
• 2017 (14-24 December) - AWEsome Christmas Art Exhibition, AWEsome Art Space Gallery, Exeter, UK.
• 2007 (31 November) – ‘Open Art Room Exhibition- Exploration of the Figure’, Exeter Artspaces (founding member), Exeter, UK.
• 2001 (April) – ‘Figurative Abstract Joint Exhibition’, Exeter College, Exeter, UK.
• 2000 (December) - ‘Figurative Abstract Joint Exhibition’, Exeter College, Exeter, UK.
• 1991 (April) – ‘Portraiture’ - Joint Exhibition, Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, Nicosia, North Cyprus.
• 1990 (December) – ‘Figurative Abstract’ – Joint Exhibition, Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, Nicosia, North Cyprus.. 

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