Hun Adamoglu, A Nap, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 60 cm, 2017
Hun Adamoglu, Where To Now?, Oil on Canvas, 122 x 66 cm, 2017
Hun Adamoglu, Dog Eared Book, Graphite on A4 Cartridge Paper, 2014.
Hun Adamoglu, Better Days Will Return, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 60 cm, 2020.
A Nap, Better Days Will Return, Where to Now? Dog Eared Book
Most of my works make a statement about human society and individuals. They do not consist of a single theme but carry an undercurrent of multiple narratives, interwoven within the fabric of the work and producing more questions than answers. I wish people can navigate through these narratives and contemplate on what they observe. Each of my characters has a story to tell and I see my mission as an artist to give the voice. Through my work, my aim is to convey the empathy and appreciation towards the human nature. I primarily use oil paints and graphite to produce original works of art. I have a fascination with oil paints, and I am obsessed with the constant possibilities of expression this material has to offer. Through the use of sketchbooks, I gain freedom to expand my practice beyond the walls of the studio and find inspiration for my works on the streets. I make recordings of people and events in the form of speed sketches and meticulous drawings, some of which later find culmination in my oil paintings.
For this exhibition I have selected four pieces that work as an overview towards the general body of work:
A Nap depicts contrasting, emotional reactions from two individuals - a mother and daughter - interlinked within a loving and tender embrace. Isolated within the confines and the liberty provided by a private household, this family finds its own personal solace, a moment for contemplation, and release from the worries, which are reflected in their physical and emotional expressions.
Better Days Will Return. Even in the toughest times people are finding ways to unite, to show support and solidarity. People all over the United Kingdom display colourful rainbow drawings in their windows as a sign of support for the National Health System workers, who are fighting the battle with the Covid-19 pandemic and saving lives. Here, togetherness is found in the pursuit of a common goal, and notions of national identity are brought into contrast with the physical, social and economic isolation suggested in the juxtaposition of symbols.
Where to Now? is the question many people are asking these days. This work portrays an alienated individual. Someone who perceives himself as being unwanted, out of place and seemingly disregarded by others. It dwells on the dilemmas of emotional wellbeing; mental health and the impact that public scrutiny and social restrictions have had on people living in the margins of society.
Dog Eared Book. I made this drawing of a man with his dog on a street. Passing by this homeless man who seemed to once have seen better times, I was taken by his serenity, propped up by the strong bond with the inseparable friend by his side. The man’s legs curled up, not only as a practical means to support his book but also in an act of self-confinement, as he tries to not penetrate into the public realm more than he needs to.