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Sibel Kirik

About the artist

Sibel Kirik was born in 1979 in Turkey. Graduated from Yildiz Technical University at the Department of Gravure and Engraving (Istanbul, 2000). Received a master’s degree in Painting from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Istanbul, 2010). Participant of Manchester Art Fair 2023 (2023), Contemporary Istanbul (2023). Received an honorable mention in the Çukurova University Printmaking Competition (2006) and Ahmet Merey achievement award in painting competition (2006).

Sibel Kirik’s paintings are a metaphor for the state of struggle. The artist creates dystopian spaces in which figurative imagery is intertwined with abstract flashes of bright colours. Thus, she endeavours to depict the situations of conflict and change that inevitably occur in the conventional space and time – each image existing on the pictorial field inevitably experiences its own destruction. The artist emphasises this sense of conflict and chaos through the distortion of forms and uneven application of colours.

Solo exhibition:
2022 “Construction of a New Extent: Brutal”. Simbart Projects, Istanbul

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2022 “Printed: İziziz”. Mixer Gallery, Istanbul
2018 “41 Artists 108 Gravures”. Modern Museum of Cyprus, Cyprus
2017 “BAHÇE”. A-Atelye, Istanbul
2016 “Gravure in Turkish Art”. Caddebostan Cultural Center, Istanbul

Art Fairs:
2023 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul
2022 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul
2023 Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester, United Kingdom
2023 Start Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London
2016 International Print Festival Life N Style, Tbilisi
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