CAN ULUER - Turkey
About his Art
Painter, Ceramist, Sculptor and Architect, Can Uluer was
born in Ankara and raised in Istanbul Turkey in the 60’s. Son of the renowned
impressionist painter Rami Uluer, he was interested in arts since his childhood and got
most of his education from his father.
After studying Archeology and History of Art in 1980, he opened his own studio in Ankara. His ceramic works quickly became popular and placed in numerous Public buildings in Ankara and Istanbul. His first exhibition hosted in Ankara 1980.
In 1989 with the help of his brother, he opened “Rami”. A Museum Restaurant
created for the memory of his father to serve as an exhibition place for his
artworks. Its unique design blended with traditional Ottoman atmosphere made
“Rami” a pole of international attraction for those who were looking to have a
sensorial experience beyond ordinary.
Meanwhile in Istanbul he continues to create paintings and conceptual works keeping a high interested in restoration, construction of buildings, and Architectural design.
Today, he lives in Zekeriakoy, Istanbul with his two cats and his partner and shares his time between painting, and cultivating a harmonious life.
1980 Turkey Ankara S Art Gallery- 1981 Turkey Ankara Yapı Kredi Art Gallery 1983 Turkey Ankara Yapı Kredi Art Gallery 2007 Turkey Bodrum Art Gallery 2010 Turkey İzmir İnternational Water Colour exhibition 2011 Turkey Bodrum Gümüşlük Art Academy 2018 Italy Garda İnternational Contemporary Art Exhibition 2018 Italy Ferrara İnternational Triennale of Visiual ArtsCurriculum: 1980 Turkey S Art Gallery. 1981 Turkey Yapı Kredi Art Gallery. 1983 Turkey Yapı Kredi Art Gallery. 2007 Turkey Art Gallery. 2010 Turkey International Water Colour Exhibition. 2011 Turkey Gumusluk Art Academy. 2018 Italy Garda International Contemporary Art Exhibition. 2018 Italy Ferrara International Triennale of Visiual Arts.
What the artist says about his art
Inspired by the elements of Earth and the light itself,
Can Uluer expresses his vision about the world focusing on the limitations and
the decay of the human body on its ongoing struggle against time and the
circles of life, without losing touch of its sensitivity and its beauty.
He consciously avoids to paint faces because “Faces keep the attraction of the
viewer away from the beauty of our totality” as he says.His paintings are a representation of our unseparated
connection with Earth and Sun while in his sculptures he imprints the process of
life, the pain and suffering, the broken parts and cracks
that we inherit from life and the structure of modern society.
1. Please tell us your name and what you
do for living? When you were born?
My name is Can Uluer. I was born in Ankara Turkey 1960. I educated Archeology and Art History.
I started living my life close to the forest in Istanbul. My father was also an impressionist Turkish artist.
After I was born, I grew up watching my father's art, and since my childhood, I started painting like him while I was watching him and I gradually learned the techniques of oil painting from him.
My father was also making ceramics. In the early 1960s, it was very interesting to watch him work while he was working on ceramics. I started to experiment with ceramics at a later age. The paintings I made with this information were very appreciated by my painting professors at school and when I was 19, I set up a studio and continued my studies there.
Later, I used my art as a design in some architectural structures. at the same time I was still painting and doing ceramics. Then, I still continue my work in the studio I established in Istanbul.
2. Tell us about your particular style and how you came to it?
I am inspired by the mother earth, the sun and take my colors from them and inspired from the human body.
I also chose my subjects from the flow of happenings of life. I describe myself by painting. I love giving messages to people through my pictures. In doing so, I try to convey the feelings erode of people in the world by using the tones of soil and sunlight.
3. What role does the Artist/ Painter have in society?
In my opinion, the role of the artist in the society is to send messages to people that will notify, motivate and trigger their emotions. The task of the artist is not only to draw pictures, but to convey or give the necessary messages about life to society.
4. What’s your best childhood memory?
Going to nature for painting with my father … this is my favorite childhood memories.
5. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
I dreamed of being a productive, creative and artistic person.
6. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
When I was 6 years old, my first painting was for the United Nations painting contest for children. I painted the dance of many children from different nations with their own country clothes, tied to a point with cords. I made it using watercolor.
7. How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
Since I was born with art in my home, I could not break away from it, but I started to sell the artworks I made seriously when I was 15-16 years old.
8. What does your art aim to express?
My art expresses life events.
9. If you could work with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
It would be Rembrandt, Titian, Caravaggio .
10. What is your favorite artwork of all time?
I don't have a favorite artwork, every painting is like my own child, I love them all. Because inside every art work has own idea and labor.
11. What medium(s) do you work with?
After preparing my canvas, I’m applying my special gesso then I use sandpaper and make the canvas like a marble. Afterwards I start to draw and create a ground of imprimatura using turpentine, oil paint.
I’m applying a layer to
layer technique. In the layers following, I’m using turpentine, linseed oil,
sun-thickened linseed oil and retouching varnish.
Under each layer I’m cleaning the painting with onion.
I’m using around 9 layers for each painting going from dark to light.
12. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
Being too sensuous has always been troubling me.
13. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
I sacrificed having a conventional and “normal” life. I did not create a family or had a child.
14. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
I’m influenced by old
master painters, especially from Rembrandt, Flemish and Italian painters.
15. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
Artistic life has aloneness but its not lonely. I walk in the nature or in the woods, I go for short trips with my wife, I do my art and that fulfils me.
16. Apart from your art, what do you love doing?
I’m dealing with my garden, my cats and the collection of my classic cars.
17. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
Environment and life feed me. I try to convey this to the environment with my different creativity in an aesthetic concern. Art must be exaggerated.
18. What does 'success' mean to you?
Success is a relative concept that changes
according to people, time and conditions. For me, success is reaching the
maturity I want in my art and maintaining a happy life.
19. What are the biggest things you've learned in life thus far?
To not be afraid of what I desire to do. There is nothing that one cannot do if he/she wants. It is all a question of asking the right questions to yourself and doing the work internally first. The rest always follow.
20. What advice would you give to the next generation?
I advise future generations to first explore the old, find their own self through the journey, and then create their own art styles.