Summer On The French Riviera
acrylic on canvas
122 x 152 cm
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Özlem Sorlu Thompson (Istanbul, 1983)
Born in Istanbul, Özlem Sorlu Thompson paints in the flat where Piet Mondrian made his art studio in London. With Mondrian her influences also include the great expressionist artist Kandinsky and abstract surrealist Joan Miró. Özlem’s works have already made their way into the homes of renowned celebrities such as actress Anita Dobson and her husband Brian May, musical theatre star Maria Friedman, actor Andy Nyman, and several private collectors.
With degrees in biology and botany, an in depth knowledge of exotic plants and keen interest in physics, Özlem strives in her work to create synaesthesia and in the experience, the process and the result, with strong colours and shapes that generate an extemporaneous flow of visionary energy. She paints without preparation or planning, merging intellectual concepts with visual ideas, while real and imagined organic structures mix with one another , while fantastic creatures and worlds all converge to create a vivid explosion of the real and fantastic. As a result positivity and joy invariably manifest strongly in the viewer.