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A Profile Of An Artist: Gonül AKIN

Gonul Akin is one Turkey's musician-painters, a professional singer who voluntarily retired from Ankara Radio, and Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) in order to devote all her energies to her beloved art. She had been a musician for forty and a professional painter for the last thirty nine years.


She started to paint during the same childhood years when she first started to sing. Akin received early encouragement from the Turkish Minister of National Education of the time, Hasan Ali Yucel. As a result of such support, she had her first painting exhibition while she was still a child and received her first award.

1962 marks the year when Akin began to attend the most well-known studios in Ankara in order to develop her art in new directions. Having worked as student of many masters of Turkish fine arts, Akin worked diligently to develop her own distinctive style, especially after quitting music altogether and concentrating on her paintings on a full-time basis.

Purple Garden

Akin's first teacher was Nuzhet Islimyeli. She also worked at the Turkish American Association (T.A.D.) studio of Lutfu Gunay for a number of years. Later on, she became a student of Esref Uren and Cihangir Vefa Ozturk. In 1986, she attended watercolor and acrylic painting courses at University of Maryland.

She participated in many group exhibitions at home, Turkey, as well as in Europe and the United States, in addition to her many solo exhibits (see the list below).

Akin's paintings have been exhibited at many Turkish State Fine Arts exhibitions.

Winter Sun

Four of her paintings have been bought by Turkish Ministry of Culture for the State Fine Arts Permanent Archive.

In 1988, two of her paintings have been accepted by a fine arts jury to the Virginia Painting Exhibition in Manassas, Virginia, with jury certification.

Akin is a member of the Turkish Painters Association; United States Fine Arts Association in Maryland; World Women Painters Association (U.F.A.C.S.I.); and Washington D.C. National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Spending part of the year in the United States, Gonul Akin is getting ready for the "Year 2003" exhibition that she will open at Tranparan Gallery, in Ankara, Turkey.

Gonul Akin

Akin's Solo Exhibits:

1982         Turkish State Fine Arts Gallery, Ankara, Turkey.
1983         Akbank Fine Arts Gallery, Bebek, Istanbul, Turkey.
1984         Akbank Fine Arts Gallery, Kizilay, Ankara, Turkey.
1984         Akbank Fine Arts Gallery, Bursa, Turkey.
1985         Gallery Z Sanat Evi, Ankara, Turkey.
1987         Gaithersburg Public Library, Maryland, USA
1988         Turkish House, New York, NY, USA
1988         Rockville Fine Arts Gallery, Maryland, USA
1991         Is Bankasi Arts Gallery, Ankara, Turkey
1992         Convention Center, Washington D.C., USA
1994         Emlak Bank Arts Gallery, Ankara, Turkey
1996         Turkish State Fine Arts Gallery, Bolu, Turkey.
1997         Emlak Bank Arts Gallery, Ankara, Turkey.
2000         Turkish National Lottery Arts Gallery, Ankara, Turkey.
2003         [upcoming…] Taransparan Art Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

CONTACT INFO: Ms. Akin, although her studio is in Ankara, Turkey, is available for exhibitions in Europe and the United States as well. Those who are interested to get in touch with Ms. Gonul Akin can send an e-mail to her manager Mr. Ugur Akinci at ugurakinci@aol.com

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