ALEA PINAR DU PRE
- TURKISH SELF-TAUGHT AND INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST, ALEA PINAR DU PRE, PORTRAYS VIBRANT LARGE-SCALE ARTWORKS WITH A POP ART TWIST. -
ALEA PINAR DU PRE
Alea Pinar Du Pre is an internationally established mid-career artist currently living and working in both Amsterdam and Istanbul. As an Austrian/Turkish Painter born in 1972 in Vienna Alea Pinar Du Pre has been influenced deeply by the artists of Künstlerhaus and Wiener Werkstaette. As a highly talented autodidact she started painting early on. With the age of six she had produced about 500 drawn paper dolls. With age 13 she painted her first oil colour figures and invented an oil colour printing technique. Between 1995 – 2005 she produced a series of cubistic oil paintings picturing street scenes of Istanbul. Her inquisitive mind finds inspiration mainly in areas such as science, science-fiction, history and anthropology. Du Pre has been continuously developing radically new and innovative approaches to painting in which she mixes digital art with ‘the real world’.
I love playing around with materials and finding new ways of using classical art substances. My curiosity and playful nature constantly inspire me to invent new, unique techniques.
My line by line technique started with me using cupcake pipes to squeeze out heavy medium enriched acrylics. Now I am using small 'squeezy tubes' to meticulously paint my works. I love the way the thick and thin textures create a holographic effect...
MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE ON CANVAS
With 'SNAPSHOT' I am trying to capture the fleeting moments of vibrant humanity lived within our consumer-obsessed culture, and to wittily contrast these faked and masked existences within a wider context.
The building blocks of our true nature are all the same. We consist of the same atoms, created billions of years ago in a supernova. And here we are living and breathing and experiencing life, and we think we are all so different. I think we are all the same, it’s just that are masks and poses are different. I love humanity and this game we are playing. With snapshot I am trying to capture the unawareness of the fact that we are the greatest wonder of the universe.
AFTER THE MASTERS
PAINTED LINE BY LINE WITH
HEAVY ACRYLICS AND PIPES ON CANVAS
For this series I have chosen some of the defining images of a past in conscious contrast to our experience of the present. These paintings that appear to reflect a more ordered and tranquil world are then infused with the energy of our times: digital, dynamic and disruptive. In the thick of experiencing the fourth industrial revolution and the uncertainties of the environmental crises and post-truth politics, she traces the paths of our past to seek clues to our future as humans.
“These days we are more and more severed from our collective past. I feel that this estrangement brings with it a big loss and by that I don’t mean the esthetical apprehension of the past, but a loss of wisdom, maturity and identity.”
‘After the Masters’ playfully builds a new bridge between past and present, the analogue and the digital. It questions the meaning of current events, the momentum of rapidly developing technology and our cultural heritage. It invites us to consider how our own society’s iconic relationship with technology will be seen in the future. It reaches a hand towards who we were, while we are becoming something completely new.
PAINTED LINE BY LINE WITH
HEAVY ACRYLICS AND PIPES ON CANVAS
My portraits are, on the one hand, about capturing an identity in a moment in time - a singularity in the form of a character. On the other hand they also remind us that they are part of the unstoppable struggle of existence itself.
I am continually interested in the strange, illusory nature of matter itself and it would not be an exaggeration to say that her artistic inspirations are more directly related to physics than to the schools of art influencing her technique.
I find inspiration in the scientific confrontation between the clarity of general relativity and the ambiguity of quantum mechanics, with the latter leading us to question the nature of everything we observe. While everything is crystal clear in one, uncertainty dominates the other. In one, time is fluid, while it yields to be defined in singular moments in the other. In one, there is a travel from one part to the whole, while the other is composed of particles with no apparent continuity.
In my latest series displayed here, named Space / Time, we encounter visions of the ruptures in the impermanent moment. In short, my portraits touch on the nature of individual identity and how we’re coded to try to de-code female beauty and success. I further try to absorb the audience with the depth of artistic craft designed to visually and physically uncover hints of the inexplicable in existence itself...
- ARTIST STATEMENT -
"My endless questioning the nature of our existence stems from an insatiable curiosity and an unfathomable love for truth. I believe in the sacredness of the human experience. Art is a canvas to mutate my curiosity into a form I can share – to transfer scientific curiosity into pictures - to give form to the formless.”
“I love playing around with materials and finding new ways of using classical art substances. My curiosity and playful nature constantly inspire me to invent new, unique techniques. “
Alea Pinar Du Pre is an internationally established mid-career artist currently living and working in both Amsterdam and Istanbul. Her inquisitive mind finds inspiration mainly in areas such as science, science-fiction, history and anthropology. Du Pre has been continuously developing radically new and innovative approaches to painting in which she mixes digital art with ‘the real world’.
Active since 2008 her works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows as well as art-fairs throughout the US, the UK, France, Belgium, Austria, Turkey, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, etc. Her works are part of significant private and corporate collections like Ferko Holding, Sabanci Holding, Koc Holding, Bora Collection, Odeabank, ICBC Bank and many more.
2018 Singapore Artstage
2018 Palm Beach Art Fair
2017 Miami - Scope Miami
2017 Istanbul - Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair
2017 Dublin - Solo Show
2017 New York - AFF New York 2017 Hong Kong - AFF
2017 Dublin - Artsource Ireland
2016 Miami - Scope Miami
2016 Istanbul - Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair 2016 Singapore - AFF Singapore
2016 Dublin - Artsource Ireland
2016 Istanbul - Girls Girls Girls Exhibition
2016 Bristol - AFF Bristol
2016 Bodrum - Muse Art Festival Xuma Yalıkavak
2016 Heath - AFF Heath
2016 Southampton - Art Hamptons
2016 Hampstead - AFF Hampstead
2016 Honk Kong - AFF Hong Kong
2016 Honfleur - Group Exhibition
2016 Singapore - AFF Singapore
2016 New York - AFF New York
2016 Beirut - My Brother Beirut - Kardeşim Beirut Group Exhibition
2016 New York - Solo Exhibition ‘SNAPSHOTS’ 2015 Miami - Scope Miami
2015 Istanbul - Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair
2015 Dublin - Dublin Art Fair
2015 Seoul - AFF Seoul
2015 New York - AFF New York
2015 Southampton - Art Hamptons
2015 Qatar - International Mini Art Exhibition Katara (Vision Art Center Qatar)
2014 Istanbul - Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair
2014 Shanghai - Shanghai Art Fair (Gallery Steiner)
2014 Vienna - Solo Exhibition (AIC Gallery)
2013 Istanbul - Solo Exhibition ‘Snapshot’ (Gallery Linart)
2013 Istanbul - Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair (Gallery Linart)
2012 Istanbul - Solo Exhibition Austrian Consulate Istanbul
2012 Istanbul - Solo Exhibition ‘It was good while it lasted’ (Gallery Linart)
2011 Istanbul - Solo Exhibition ‘Misidentity’ (Gallery Espas)
2010 Istanbul - Solo Exhibition ‘Nothingness’ (Gallery Ilayda)
2008 Istanbul - Solo Exhibition ‘Reincarnation of Art’ (Lucca)