Atanur Dogan is a watercolour artist currently living in Izmir, Turkey, although he spends each summer with his family painting in Canada. He is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at the Dokuz Eylul University in Buca, Izmir, where he specialised in watercolour and sculpture.
Atanur has travelled throughout Turkey spending a considerable amount of time in small Anatolian towns and villages. His work captures the daily life of ordinary people going about their tasks or idling in the heat of the day. His figures have a great strength and sense of poetry, reflecting an uncomplicated existence, structured only by the demands of a more traditional way of life. In his paintings the blacksmith works in his forge, women in the fields pause in their labour, and at home the men talk or play cards in the coffee house, an old woman gazes out on the world with a wisdom that only age and experience can provide.
Atanurs portraits reflect an acute awareness of character. His work is distinguished by a unique rendering of his subjects face and hands. With his excellent drawing skills and control of watercolour he reveals the personality and attributes behind an old mans face that bring it to life in a way unusual in this medium. The hands of an old villager tell of the harshness of work and, and yet, a quality of tenderness. His strong and determined use of dark colours with spots of light and a liberal use of water are both risky and extraordinary for a watercolorist but he achieves amazing results. It is these abilities and techniques, in particular, that make his paintings so appreciated and valuable.
Atanurs passion for creating real life characters finds expression in his sculpture as well, the same natural, vigorous and anatomically correct figures, the same focus on detail and expression to convey the distinctive qualities of his subject. It is due, in part, to his skill and experience as a sculptor that the figures in his paintings have such intensity and dimension. His commissioned works of famous people can be seen all over Turkey in public parks and plazas.
Atanur met and married his wife, Asuman, while attending university and they now have two children. In 1992, he and Asuman established residence in Canada and now have dual citizenship. Atanur has maintained an active membership in the Canadian Federation of Art since 1993. He has exhibited his work in many European and North American cities as well as at home in Turkey and his paintings enrich art collections around the world. He and his wife now own and operate the Dogan Art Gallery in Karatas, Izmir. Atanur teaches art classes at the Izmir Art and Sculpture Museum as well as at his own gallery. Examples of his painting and sculpture can be viewed in the Dogan Art Gallery and on their web page.
Turkey: Izmir, Istanbul, Ankara, Nazilli, Dikili, Cesme, Selçuk, Kusadasi
Europe: London, Paris, Zurich
United States: New York, Seattle, Portland
Canada: Toronto, Ottawa, Victoria, Edmonton, Vancouver
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