Eskisehir, b.1941

Belkis Balpinar

Belkıs Balpınar found a unique abstract visual language that combines modernist aesthetics with contemporary thought and science. Her complex compositions consist of circles, ellipses and other geometrical abstractions, and just like the elements in the universe, the parts in her works are dynamic. Her art-kilims formulate aesthetic representations and models of multidimensional realities. The artist creates images that imply galaxies and planets in their macro-states, as well as particles within micro-spaces. In her oeuvre, she deals with micro and macro as interconnected spheres beyond our common visual perception and rational imagination. Instead of believing in one-dimensionality and linear world constructions, her rugs refer to pluralist notions of time, space and their relation to our reality.

After graduating from the State Fine Arts Academy in Istanbul, Belkıs Balpınar worked for the...

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Biography

Belkıs Balpınar found a unique abstract visual language that combines modernist aesthetics with contemporary thought and science. Her complex compositions consist of circles, ellipses and other geometrical abstractions, and just like the elements in the universe, the parts in her works are dynamic. Her art-kilims formulate aesthetic representations and models of multidimensional realities. The artist creates images that imply galaxies and planets in their macro-states, as well as particles within micro-spaces. In her oeuvre, she deals with micro and macro as interconnected spheres beyond our common visual perception and rational imagination. Instead of believing in one-dimensionality and linear world constructions, her rugs refer to pluralist notions of time, space and their relation to our reality.

After graduating from the State Fine Arts Academy in Istanbul, Belkıs Balpınar worked for the State Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art as the curator of the Carpet Department. After that she served as the Founding Director of the Vakıflar Carpet and Kilim Museum in Istanbul. Balpınar is a researcher and the author of several reference books and articles on traditional Turkish rugs and carpets. She continues to share her research with community of scholars in the field. Since 1986, Balpınar has been creating her own art-kilims based on the traditional techniques of ancient Anatolia to express her own vision about the universe.

Artworks

Ascending, 2014

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstraction / Art of the 2010s / Color and Form / Contemporary European Art / Contemporary Turkish Art / European Art / Geometric Abstraction / Inspired by Nature / Micro and Macro / Natural Phenomenon / Textile Art / Textiles / Time and Space / Turkey / Turkish Art / Universe/Cosmology / Weaving / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Weave Knot, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Dokuma-ma/Un-weave, Anna Laudel Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2016

    Olası Doku-n-malar, Casa dell’Arte, Bodrum, Turkey

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Double X, Ethan Cohen New York, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Art Miami, Ethan Cohen Gallery

  • Büyük Efes Sanat Günleri, Izmir, Turkey

Achievement

  • 1981

    Founding Director of Vakiflar Carpet and Kilim Museum, Istanbul (1973-81)

  • 1973

    Curator for Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Carpet Section, Istanbul (1968-73)

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Weave Knot, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Dokuma-ma/Un-weave, Anna Laudel Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2016

    Olası Doku-n-malar, Casa dell’Arte, Bodrum, Turkey

  • 2015

    Kare Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2013

    Mine Art Gallery, Yalıkavak, Bodrum, Turkey

  • 2012

    Çıragan Palace, Kempinski Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2011

    La Fontaine Art Center, Bahrain

  • 2010

    Krasnye Holmy Gallery, Russia 2009

  • 2009

    Ekavart Gallery, Istanbul

  • Gallery 44A, Istanbul

  • 2007

    Cankarjev Dom CD Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • 2005

    Ginza-Fijuya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

  • 2004

    G-Art Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2003

    Port Art Gallery, Göcek, Turkey

  • 2002

    Turkish – Japan Foundation Cultural Center, Ankara, Turkey

  • 2000

    Galleria Nilufar, Milano, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Double X, Ethan Cohen New York, New York, NY

  • 2018

    Art Miami, Ethan Cohen Gallery

  • Büyük Efes Sanat Günleri, Izmir, Turkey

  • Pop Degil Op, Plato Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Contemporary Istanbul with Anna Laudel Gallery

  • 2017

    “25/25” From Past to Present at EKAV, Ekavart Gallery, Istanbul

  • 2015

    Contemporary Istanbul with Kare Art Gallery

  • 2009

    Basel Design Fair, Miami, Galleria Nilufar

  • 2006

    Fesorient, Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2005

    Modernism, Galleria Nilufar, New York

  • 2003

    Sanatta Tarih/History in Art, CRR Gallery Istanbul

  • 2002

    Crossings, Galleria Nilufar, Milan, Italy

  • 2001

    Crossings, Galleria Nilufar, Milan, Italy

  • 2000

    Doku-n-ma, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul

Achievement

  • 1981

    Founding Director of Vakiflar Carpet and Kilim Museum, Istanbul (1973-81)

  • 1973

    Curator for Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, Carpet Section, Istanbul (1968-73)

Collections

  • Miuccia Prada Collection

  • World Bank, Washington D.C.

  • Al Gore Collection, Nashville

  • Bernard Chappard Collection

  • Lary Sanitzky Collection

  • Economy Bank, Istanbul

  • Nilufar Gallery Collection, Milan

  • Ignazio Vok Collection

  • Polytechnique University, Bahrain

  • La Fontaine Art Center, Bahrain

Publications

  • 2009

    3 Boyutlu Duzlemler, Belkis Balpinar