Yeşim Gozukara

Y e ş i m   G o z u k a r a

Cape Schanck

Painting is an alchemical journey, a constant search for the transformative qualities of thinking, experiencing, connecting and expressing, a perfect way of reflecting the joy of the poetic, bold, dynamic and dramatic beauty of the nature around me.

Born in Paris, in 1967, Yeşim Gozukara studied Food Engineering at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. After moving to Melbourne in 1990, she pursued further studies, completing postgraduate study at Swinburne University of Technology and a Master of Science degree at the University of Melbourne.

Gozukara’s talent and interest in painting were recognised during her school years when she received numerous youth art awards. While forging a successful career in science, she maintained a continuous engagement with her creative journey. Attending the workshops of notable artists allowed her to establish a strong foundation of knowledge and technical awareness in watercolour medium. The teachings of Anthony Sum and Tony Smibert, whose artworks combine both Eastern and the Western techniques and philosophies, significantly influenced her work, most notably in the exploration of vibrant colour, alla prima application of paint and working quickly using the wet-on-wet technique to ensure the freshness and the spontaneity of the medium.

Over the years, in addition to the tangible elements that inspired her, the fabric of the earth became a primary, deep-rooted source of inspiration. The patterns created on two colour sand beaches, the complex colonisation of lichens, the charm of moss covering trees and rocks, the low tide coastlines exposing sea weeds and many other forms of texture and colour-rich surfaces characterised by the weathering processes provided inspiration to paint the landscape. Wanting to capture these forms, shapes and patterns expressively in her paintings, she took a methodical approach in her experimental work, exploring the medium to open up to new and creative possibilities leading to developing her own unique style.

Gozukara has held eight solo exhibitions, including at the National Art and Sculpture Museum, Izmir, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and participated in numerous group shows throughout Australia and abroad. Among her many awards are Best Watercolour Work Award Under $1500 at the Camberwell Art Show (CAS) in 2023; Best Non-Traditional Under $1500 category award at the 2021 Camberwell Art Show and the AGRA (Australian Guild of Realist Artists) Medallion Awards at the Australian Art Excellence Awards (2018, 2022). She was selected as a Feature Artist in various Rotary Exhibitions and represented Australia in Fabriano in Aquarello, Italy

Gozukara continues to pursue a full-time career as a senior scientist with the CSIRO, Melbourne, parallel to her art practice in her home studio. She is also a passionate teacher and in demand to present demonstrations and workshops in Victoria and interstate.

Yesim Gozukara was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2023. She is also a member of the Watercolour Society of Victoria, the Australian Guild of Realist Artists and the Victorian Artists Society.

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