EXCEEDING SELF TO BECOME MORE
Born in 1957 in Ankara, Berrin’s talent was recognized early; she participated in a group show in Eskisehir when she was only six. She completed
her education in Istanbul, where she moved with her family in 1968. However, academic training proved to be of limited value in shaping a style at odds with the conservatism of her society. Even though Turkey has in many ways been the bridge between East and
West, the country’s political and financial crises in the 1980’s, made it difficult for an innovative professional artist — particularly a woman flaunting her country’s conservative Islamic morals — to find success.
Berrin prevailed, however. - By dint of her own indomitable spirit and self-confidence, in fact, she became well-known for her nude paintings (many of which she posed in herself).
Berrin about her art: "There are no limits in the subjects of art, the function of art is to delineate. I can draw picture in every subject I think of and want. I am free in art and I like myself and so why should I not draw my own pictures".
Yet for all her trailblazing and boundary-breaking, Berrin also incorporates in the traditional aspects of Turkish society in her work.
Berrin says that her only aim is to exceed herself:
"I am always trying to exceed my previous art works with the subsequent ones, my greatest rival is myself and I compete with myself. When I finish and sign my painting, I see it as if it was done by another painter and I become unfamiliar with it."
Berrin’s first show came at the age of 21, in 1980. Since then, she has become something of a celebrity in the Turkish media, and has shown her work in many exhibitions both in Turkey and abroad, including Artexpo New York. In 1987 she also began sculpting, and she eventually moved to New York in 2001.
Written By the Author, Christine Schrum
I am lucky to know Berrin through her beautiful daughter Irem, who is an art dealer and my dear friend. Both women poccess so much feminine, love, positive energy, and great wisdom for life, that it only makes sense to welcome and embrace their inner greatness and outer beauty that is coming out of them effortlessly.
If you would like to purchase art from this fabulous artist, whose heart is burning with love and desire to create art works, contact me via email to schedule appointment.
*** For entertainment purposes, few works by artist are displayed to familiaraize you with her style.