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The Land of Dream and Love

Artist Coplu, was born in Ushak, Turkey, is based in Vancouver-Canada, and Antalya-Turkey. He is represented and exhibited at galleries around the world.

Coplu’s journey as an artist began at a very early age when he was a child. His family was involved in the carpet business so they spent their days making dyes, coloring yarns, drawing figures and matching patterns. His mother carried him in her backpack while weaving and she would explain to him what the various patterns meant and the effects of color in carpets.

His family moved to Istanbul when he was six and he lived there for thirty years. The sixties and seventies were periods of optimism, socialism and humanism in Turkey but the 80’s brought very difficult political and social events. In response to censorship and oppression of freedom of expression he began to draw cartoons. His passion for drawing grew as he was studying to become a mining engineer at Istanbul University. He realized that he could not keep his mind on his studies while it was completely occupied with social issues, because he witnessed great turmoil in his day to day life which he documented in his art and it was not long before his art became more important to him than his studies.

He held in his first art exhibition in Istanbul in 1984, followed by many solo exhibitions in Turkey and group exhibitions in Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Spain, USA and Canada. His drawings have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, books and catalogues both in Turkey and across Europe. Since his first international recognition in 1989 with the Nasreddin Hodja International Cartoon Competition Special Talent Award, he has received 25 awards in national and international competitions, including second prize in cartoon competition in Okhotsk - Japan.

He contributed cartoons to the Turkish Daily News for over five years. He established an Open Air Cartoon Exhibition Space and the Cartoon School of Antalya. Under the auspices of these institutions he taught many pupils the art of seeing the humorous side of life. He has been exploring forms of visual art and he developed his own style of painting. The subjects of his paintings are always human beings and the environment they are part of. His work mirrors human beings’ feelings, beliefs, thoughts, fears and experiences.

He has been interviewed by many media, his work has been recently documented by Channel News Asia and screened around 22 countries in Asia, his paintings are mainly bought by private collectors and institutions. Six of his paintings are printed as limited editions by Aurora Fine Art Publisher and sold in over 50 galleries in the UK.

GALLERIES PRESENTLY EXHIBITING COPLU'S PAINTINGS ARE

Lahaina Galleries, Hawaii & California & Miami - USA
Beijing Central Art Gallery - China
Ode To Art - Singapore & Kuala Lumpur
Gallery 444 San Francisco - USA

SOME SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 State of the Art Gallery - Hong Kong
2011 Ode to Art Gallery - Singapore & Kuala Lumpur
2009 Ode to Art Gallery - Singapore & Kuala Lumpur
2009 Art Attack Gallery - Dubai
2009 State of the Art Gallery - Hong Kong
2008 Ode to Art Gallery - Singapore & Kuala Lumpur
2007 State of the Art Gallery - Hong Kong
2006 MJC des 4 Bordes Metz - France
2003 Eurocentre-La Rochelle - France
2002 Room George Chepfer Nancy - France
2001 Int.Contemporary Art Fair Malaga - Spain
2000 Galleri Hittite Toronto - Canada
1999 Vienna Centre - Vienna - Austria
1998 Caravanserai Aksaray - Turkey
1997 State Fine Art & Sculpture Museum - Izmir - Turkey
1996 Pimapen Culture House - Istanbul - Turkey
1996 Atelier House - Hamburg - Germany
1996 State Fine Art & Sculpture Museum - Ankara - Turkey
1995 Hilton Exhibition Hall - Istanbul - Turkey
1995 Archelogical Museum Art Gallery - Antalya - Turkey
1994 Pamukkale Museum - Denizli - Turkey
1993 Cartoon Alley - Antalya - Turkey
1992 Is Bank Art Gallery - Antalya - Turkey
1991 State Fine Art Gallery - Antalya - Turkey
1989 Akbank Art Gallery - Istanbul - Turkey
1988 Culture Center Exh. Hall - Eskisehir - Turkey
1985 Antalya Municipality Culture Center - Turkey
1984 Bilim Art Gallery - Istanbul - Turkey

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITONS

2009 Gallery 444 San Francisco - America
2009 Howe Street Gallery - Vancouver - Canada
2007 Lando Gallery, Edmonton - Canada
13th Rassegna Umoristica Internazionale - Italy
17th Biennial Internazionale Dell'Umorismo Nell'Arte - Italy
22th Salon International de la Caricature - Canada
International Simavi Cartoon Exhibitions - Turkey
2nd International Tehran Biennial - Iran
3rd Taejon Int'l Cartoon Contest - Korea
Premio Satira Politica - Italy
Eurohumor - Italy
Okhotsk International Cartoon Exhibitions - Japan
Annual International Nasreddin Hodja Cartoon Exhibitions since 1988 - Turkey
World Cartoon Gallery - Macedonia

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS

Special Talent Prize International Nasreddin Hodja Cartoon Competition - Turkey
2nd Prize, 3rd prize and Mention, International Okhotsk Cartoon Competition - Japan
Honorable Mention, International Taejon Cartoon Competition - Korea
3rd Prize, International Simavi Cartoon Competition - Turkey

GALLERIES WHERE COPLU'S PAINTINGS HAVE BEEN EXHIBITED

Ode To Art - Singapore & Kuala Lumpur
State Of The Art Gallery - Hong Kong
Gallery 444 San Francisco - USA
Howe Street Gallery of Fine Art-Vancouver -Canada
Lando Gallery - Edmonton - Canada
Fingerhut Galleries - California USA
Nexus Gallery - Melbourne - Australia
The Link Gallery - Colorado - USA
Collection Privee - Miami - USA