Living your life in a movie can mean you have to wake up and smell the coffee then face reality. Well, how about perking up to the oil paintings of Turkish artist Murat Pulat for his first solo show Image-Animal at Leila Heller Gallery that opened last January 16th. AF marveled at the rich and textured paintings of movie scenes from American / French New Wave cinema and starring female icons like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, etc. Pulat’s work pulsated with life in captured moments that seemed to reverberate animatedly with his artistic treatment. The nostalgic contact high of these images take on a new stream of infused energy with the colors of vibrant aquamarine and blue or the three-dimensional monochromatic eye fest at the front window testified to the ingenious skill of this artist. The thick coats of paint on the canvas anchored a substantial platform of iconography and in its numerous dots can be the new hyper-realized version of Seurat’s pointillism. Most importantly, the eyes on these screen heroines provide a window into the soul of Pulat. As his photograph was being taken by AF – we had to remind him to look our way as he had beautiful blue eyes. Blue and deep as the Mediterranean Sea where secrets and complexities lie, we can say the same of the artwork and it is a jolt to the system like good Turkish coffee.
Murat Pulat: Image – Animal / On View: Jan. 16 – Feb. 15, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday (10 am to 6 pm)
Leila Heller Gallery. 568 West 25th Street. NYC, NY 10001
Text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Photography by: Olya Turcihin