Together 115x180cm – oil on canvas / June, 2007
Taner Ceylan is a Turkish painter. He lives in his flat in solitude outside the city center of Istanbul and invests tremendous labor in his hyperrealist works. He has a very emotional relationship to his paintings too – Sometimes he falls in love with them, sometimes he cries out of frustration when a tiny detail does not work out. In an interview with BUTT Magazine, he says he takes his inspiration from happiness and adds ‘I must enjoy my process because it takes ten hours a day, for weeks and months.’ The artist takes photographic images as a starting point and digitally enlarges these, manipulating them as he works in oil on canvas with the purpose of injecting ‘emotion’ into his work.