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I am a Turkish born artist who lives and works in Australia, and I truly love it here.

I studied painting, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Suleyman Demirel, Turkey. Before becoming a full-time artist, I enjoyed an 18-year academic career as a lecturer in Theatre Stage Design in the Performing Arts Department at the University of Dokuz Eylul, Turkey. In this time, I attained my Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Theatre Stage Design and Construction there. To date, I have had a number of solo and group exhibitions in Turkey, Japan, Australia and Albania.

The inspiration for my work stems from my belief that everybody has an individual story, which is written spontaneously. Just like characters in the theatre, we play various roles in our “scriptless” lives. Sometimes we are the protagonists, sometimes we are the supporting cast, and other times, we are just the passerby. So, to me, everyone’s story is unique and precious. As an artist, I try to touch these stories and paint with these questions in mind – ‘Who are we?’, ‘Who were we?’, and ‘Who will we be?’.

The characters in my works do not possess any particular gender, age, religion, nationality, skin color and are not flawless. Instead, my characters are illustrations of mankind’s attributes, the ones that make our lives meaningful. They are representatives of our universal moral values. It is the presence or absence of these moral values in our lives that provoke the extensive palette of human emotion. I invite the audience to approach my works with an openness that allows them to engage in a self-directed journey. My aim is to increase awareness of our own situations in life, relate them back to common global goals, so we can make changes to improve the existence for all.

Style; I work in several style and techniques, in these days ink on heavy paper and acrylic on canvas.

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Education

2002- 2011 Ph.D. in Theatre / Stage Design; The Institute of Fine Arts, Dokuz Eylül University, İZMİR, Turkey.1999- 2002 Master Degree in Stage Design; The Institute of Social Sciences Dokuz Eylül University İZMİR, Turkey.1994- 1998 Undergraduate in Painting; Faculty of Fine Arts, Süleyman Demirel University ISPARTA, Turkey.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017- Musicscape, No Vacancy Gallery QV, MELBOURNE -Australia.
2015 - The Mankind, Royal Queensland Art Society Art Gallery, GOLDCOAST – Australia.
2014 - Life Drawing, Suleyman Demirel University Faculty of Fine Art Gallery, ISPARTA – Turkey.
2012 - Maske-siz-İz, Izmir Mask Museum, IZMIR – Turkey.
2004 - Human and Metamorphosis, Narlıdere Atatürk Culture Centre Art Gallery, IZMIR – Turkey.
1997 - Hello, State Art Gallery, ISPARTA – Turkey.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2016- International Albania GESAM Turk Artists Exhibitions, TIRANA – Albania.
- Art Turkey JAPAN 2016, Machida International Museum of Graphic Arts, TOKYO – Japan.
- 15x15 Anatolia Artworks, Anadolu University Art Gallery, ESKISEHIR – Turkey.
- Sand, Sea & Surf, Royal Queensland Art Society Art Gallery
, GOLD COAST, Australia.
- Autumn Anthology, Barida Art Gallery, ISPARTA – Turkey.
2014- International Working Women's Day Exhibition, IYAŞ Park Art Space, ISPARTA – Turkey.
- National Sovereignty, Tesaum, ISPARTA – Turkey.
- Worker, Laborer, Barida Art Gallery, ISPARTA – Turkey.
- Memory of ATATURK, Barida Art Gallery, ISPARTA – Turkey.
- Suleyman Demirel University, Lütfü Çakmakçı Art Center, ISPARTA – Turkey.
- World Art Day, Barida Art Gallery, ISPARTA – Turkey.
- Sovereignty belongs to The Nation, Barida Art Gallery, ISPARTA – Turkey.
- Pain Should Be Universal, Barida Art Gallery, ISPARTA – Turkey.
2013 - October Twelfth Passage Exhibition, Culture Center, ISPARTA – Turkey.
2012 - October Eleventh Passage Exhibition, in cooperation with The Modern Art Museum,SDU Faculty of Fine Art Gallery, ISPARTA – Turkey.
2008 - From Love to Hope, Tesvikiye Art Gallery, ISTANBUL – Turkey.
2007 - Vincent Van Gogh – Çekirdek Art Gallery, ISTANBUL – Turkey.
1998 - 6 March, Advent of Ataturk to Isparta, Isparta Museum, ISPARTA – Turkey.
1997- Atatürk Convention Center Art Gallery, ANKARA – Turkey.

Press

http://www.northweststar.com.au/story/4890835/ozlem-yenis-pencil-paint/?cs=201

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