TWO oil paintings by Cypriot artist Hun Adamoglu were exhibited at the Aberdeen Artists Society.
The annual exhibition was usually held at the ‘Art Gallery’ in Aberdeen and the museums of Aberdeen. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2021 exhibition took place online. The painting titled The Wild Aloe Vera of Mare Monte has been awarded two prizes; The AAS Prize for Excellence and The GRP Aberdeen Ltd Prize for Drawing and Painting 2021.
Wild Aloe Vera of Mare Monte
The judges comment regarding the work “A stunning rendition of the Aloe Vera subject matter – beautifully ‘drawn’ and composed, blending the soft greens of the plant with lighter tone focal points providing many layers of compositional complexity. Stunning tones and exquisitely composed in High Renaissance manner, reminiscent of the work of Titian.”
Adamoğlu made the following statement to Londra Gazete: “I am a London based Artist and have been living in the UK since the 1980s. On occasion, I travel to Cyprus, where I collect visual information for paintings and illustrations, primarily in the form of pencil sketches. There are aspects of a scene that leave a mark, an irresistible attraction, such as the aloe vera set within the Mare Monte rocks, which I feel an overwhelming urge to depict, may that be as a drawing or painting.
“I came to the UK as a small child and so, as a result, a void exists within myself which would have been filled with experiences of Cyprus; so for me, painting subjects of Cyprus in its essence is a process to find what was lost, or should I say a method to discover what was never obtained.
“Of course, I was delighted to have been chosen to exhibit at The Aberdeen Artists Society open exhibition, but I must confess it was indeed a surreal experience when I discovered I had been awarded the prizes.”
Cypriot born, Hun Adamoglu UK based artist specialising in Oil Painting, Graphite Illustration and Woodcarving
The intrinsic purpose of my art is producing works which are triggered into existence by studying people living in the modern world, and the effects which the current state of affairs have upon their lives. I depict megapolitan characters, each of my subjects tells a story, and I see my mission as an artist to place the narratives of their lives upon the canvas, and to give them a voice of their past, present and future.
The source of my artistic influences stems from the diverse and substantial cultural history of European visual arts, coupled with the distinctive, wide-ranging, historical roots of Cypriot creative traditions, which inspire me to form inimitable and solicitous works.
I produce exclusive paintings and illustrations for private collections, as well as deliver art projects for corporate and individual clients. My works have been published in national newspapers and books. I have worked alongside authors, play writers, editors and theatre companies, from the conception of projects, leading the design, development and implementation of creative strategies, and providing the body of artworks which comprised of illustrations, paintings, plastic arts and textile designs.
2020 – Hulabhaig Gallery, Uig Open, Isle of Lewis (online exhibition)
2020 – Cyprus High Commission, Cultural Section, London (Together/Apart: Going New Places, online exhibition)
2020 – Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2019 – Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
2019 – Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2018 – Acton Open Exhibition, W3 Gallery, London
2017 – Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture Open Exhibition, Edinburgh
2017 – Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London
2017 – National Open Art (Online Gallery)