Hoboken, N.J. – The College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology, The Light Millennium, and the Consul General of the Turkish Consulate in New York are sponsoring an exhibition of oil paintings by the internationally-recognized Turkish artist Mehmet Arpacik. The exhibition will open on April 18, 2012 at Stevens’ Samuel G. Williams Library, with Arpacik presenting at the opening.
Sponsored by Turkish Airlines, this will be the first solo exhibition of Arpacik’s work in the United States and is a prelude to the conference on the environmentalist George Perkins Marsh at Stevens on May 4-5, 2012.
Arpacik lived in the Black Sea region of Turkey until he was a teenager. Memories of the rich, colorful landscapes of that region, showing people interacting with nature and workers in the sun harvesting cotton, were imprinted on his mind and emerged in his paintings.
Arpacik moved to Istanbul when he was 15. It was there he saw his first art exhibition at the age of 30. Since then, painting has been his passion. For many years, he supported himself with a day job, but in the last 20 years he has devoted himself to his art.
Arpacik’s work has garnered national and international praise and is included in private collections as well as in museums and galleries.
Arpacik’s paintings illustrate a harmonious relationship between humans and their environment. Critic Faruk Aksoy has pointed out that, as a “naïve” artist, Arpacik has “not lost his childish sensitivity.”
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