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ADNAN COKER
(Istanbul, 1927)

Adnan Coker studied at Zeki Kocamemi workshop in Istanbul State of Fine Arts Academy between 1944-1951 and learned composition details from Halil Dikmen. He graduated from the Advanced Painting Department of the Academy. Winning the European Competition, he went to Paris through a state scholarship. He established the ‘’Blue Group’’ with his four friends in 1963. With a state grant from France, he studied painting at Goetz workshop and engraving at the Hayter workshop during 1964-1965. He worked as a faculty member at State Fine Arts Academy in Istanbul and Mimar Sinan University.

He showed over thirty solo exhibitions and joined numerous exhibitions and biennials. He received eight prizes, including the Friendship and Peace Art Award of the 3RD International Asia-European Arts Biennial in 1990. Coker continues his work in Istanbul.

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS


1953 Dil Tarih-Coğrafya Fakültesi, Ankara
1954 Helikon Galerisi, Ankara
1954 Maya Galerisi, İstanbul
1955 Maya Galerisi, İstanbul
1961 Türk Alman Kültür Merkezi, İstanbul
1962 Türk Alman Kültür Merkezi, İstanbul
1966 Türk Alman Kültür Merkezi, İstanbul
1969 Galeri I, İstanbul
1973 Amerikan Kültür Merkezi, İstanbul
1979 Devlet Güzel Sanatlar Galerisi, İstanbul
1986 Maçka Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul
1988 Garanti Bankası Harbiye Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul
1988 Mine Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul
1989 Retrospektif Sergi, Derimod Kültür Merkezi, İstanbul
1989-90 Maçka Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul
1990 Mine Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul
1991 Arda Sanat Galerisi, Ankara
1993 Galeri Nev, Ankara
1994-95 Galeri B, İstanbul
1996 Aksanat Galerisi, İstanbul
1996 Mine Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1957 Henri Goetz Atölyesi’nden bir grup sergisi, Van Gogh’un evi, Paris
1958 Galerie Mariac, Paris
1959 "Yabancı Sanatçılar Konkuru", Museé d’Art Moderne, Paris
1959 Vanesborg, İsveç
1960 "Goetz Atölyesinden 7 Ressam Sergisi", Les Caves de la Tour Eiffel, Paris
1961 "Goetz Atölyesinin Genç Sanatçıları Sergisi", Studio St. Germain, Paris
1961 "Deuxiéme Biennale de Paris", Museé d’Art Moderne, Paris
1962 Uluslararası Venedik Bienali, Venedik
1962 "An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Contemporary Turkish Artists", The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Philedelphia
1964 "Çağdaş Türk Sanatı Sergisi", Roma, Berlin, Paris, Brüksel
1966 "Bianco E Nero" Sergisi, Lugano
1966 V. Tahran Bienali, Tahran
1969 "Asamblaj I, Asamblaj II, Sınırlı Dünya ve Doğu Çerçevelemeleri", Sao Paolo Bienali
1970 "Çağdaş Türk Resmi", Binghampton, NewYork Eyalet Üniversitesi Sanat Galerisi, NewYork
1974 "Beş Eleman" ve "Küme Tablo", UNESCO, Paris
1974 "Bugünün Türk Resmi Sergisi", Hollanda
1976 II. Uluslararası İskenderiye Bienali, Mısır
1980 "Uluslararası Plastik Sanatlar Sergisi", Belgrad
1982 "Resim Tarihimizde Bir Dönem: Soyut Dışavurumculuk", Devlet Güzel Sanatlar Galerisi, İstanbul
1983 "Son Yüzyılın Nadide Elli Türk Resmi", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Alarko Sanat Galerisi, İstanbul
1986 "Yüzyılın İkinci Yarısında Türk Resmi", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Yıldız Silahane, İstanbul
1987 "Güncel Boyutlarıyla Resim Sanatımız", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, AKM, İstanbul
1987 "Türk Resminde Modernleşme Süreci", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, AKM, İstanbul
1988 "Çağdaş Türk Resminden I", Yahşi Baraz Koleksiyonu, Yıldız Üniveristesi, İstanbul
1989 "Büyük Sergi" Çağdaş Türk Ressamları, Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, Ankara
1990 "III. Uluslararası Asya-Avrupa Sanat Bienali", Ankara
1990 "Etkinlikler Sürecinde 15. Yil", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, AKM, İstanbul
1990 "Çağdaş Türk Resminden Bir Kesit", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Cemal Reşit Rey Sergi Salonu, İstanbul
1991 "Çağdaş Türk Resminden II", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Yşldşz Üniversitesi, İstanbul
1991 I. İstanbul Sanat Fuarı, TÜYAP, İstanbul
1992 II. İstanbul Sanat Fuarı, TÜYAP, İstanbul
1992 "NewYork – İstanbul", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, AKM, İstanbul
1993 III. İstanbul Sanat Fuarı, TÜYAP, İstanbul
1995 "Çağdaş Türk Sanatında Resim ve Kavramsal Eğilimler I", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Koç Üniversitesi, İstanbul
1995 V. İstanbul Sanat Fuarı, TÜYAP, İstanbul
1995 "Çağdaş Türk Sanatında Resim ve Kavramsal Eğilimler II", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Koç Üniversitesi, İstanbul
1995 "Modern Türk Resim ve Heykel Sanatından Bir Kesit", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Kas Galeri, İstanbul
1996 "Çağdaş Türk Ressamları", Galeri Baraz, İstanbul
1996 VI. İstanbul Sanat Fuarı, TÜYAP, İstanbul
1996 "Çağdaş Türk Resminde Özgün Üsluplar", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Cemal Reşit Rey Sergi Salonu, İstanbul
1997 "Çağdaş Türk Resminden III", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Yıldız Üniversitesi, İstanbul
1997 "Çağdaş Türk Resminde Estetik Dinamikler II", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, Koç Üniversitesi, İstanbul
1998 "Türkiye İş Bankası Koleksiyonu" Tophane-i Amire Binasi, İstanbul
1998 "41. Yıl – 41 Sanatçı – 41 Yapıt" Sergisi, Marmara Üniversitesi, Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi Sergi Salonu, İstanbul
1998 "Türk Resminde Soyut Eğilimler", Galeri Baraz Organizasyonu, AKM, İstanbul

ABOUT ADNAN COKER

All the unique elements and values in Adnan Çoker's paintings are individually an absolute whole, thereby distinguished from the absolute, and truly united in one at the organic working level. The character of these paintings is a quality transition from the historical starting point, and carries us into a sphere nourished by the imagination of the artist. While the object of the imagination is transformed into aesthetic representation on the canvas, this pictorial representation in which the general is viewed through the particular is entirely allegorical. The artist follows the course of a composition that is analytic rather than synthetic. He uses his canvas among other things to fragment, to revive historic symbols, and to create new space. Another characteristic of his work is his depiction of the space outside the objects as space. The part of his paintings which give the impression of being a black background is the space created by the artist.


Adnan Çoker's aesthetic expression is the encounter of that deriving from the essence with that deriving from the universal symbol of history, with the present moment, by means of an enormous leap. What is in the essence of the artist finds new form in the balance of form and colours which reduce the whole of cognitive combinations to a minimum. In his large canvases the historical starting points are Seljuk, Byzantine and Ottoman aesthetic concepts and images, a supra-cognitive transformation brings us face-to-face with the renewed form-colour concept and balance. The artist sees black not so much as a colour as space, a sense of dimension, integral to his works. In the course of creating material illusion on the canvas, with the help of pictorial elements, the artist moves from the visual sphere to tangible space. Material reality and the artist's space are fused together. Simplicity of form, reliance on the minimum, and sparing use of colour characterise his work. Relationships between the elements in his paintings serve to bind the whole.


From the thematic point of view, a large dome represents the city of Istanbul which he loves so dearly, and beyond we encounter a composition in which historic images are interpreted. The principal subjects of his work are, as can be seen from their titles -Sky Dome, Double Monument, Tribute to Sinan, Oriental Niches- and so on - traditional values and nature.

Gülseli İnal
Şair - Sanat Yazarı