Growing up in a village in Germany’s countryside Kemal Yazici’s access to art was limited. His first encounter came in his teens, when a friend showed him his art work. ‘Beautiful paintings on canvas. For me, it had a wow effect,’ he remembers. Art then remained a hobby alongside his professional career. Yazici worked in the engineering industry, later returning to school to gain a degree in architecture. During his studies under the guidance of professor Henner Herrmanns he acquired abstract painting techniques. Again, he was drawn into the world of modern art.
Passion for art has always been vital in his life. Kemal Yazici has refined his painting techniques, experimenting with different metal and plastic tools such as construction squeegees, to spread acrylic and oil on stretched canvas. The tools allow him to make precise and emotionally free movements. He needs counter pressure, to feel the effect when he applies a lot of paint before scraping it, spreading it or adding more. This expressive and spontaneous application of paint reflects his type of art. Working layer upon layer, with the colours mixing. The process is very physical, and absorbs the artist.
Natural settings, forests, dramatic weather conditions, city skylines, the sea, sailing boats and sails inspire him. Several years ago Kemal Yazici discovered the art of Rothko, Gerhard Richter and Karl Otto Götz – abstract expressionists who greatly influenced him. Götz was one of the first to use the squeegee. Rothko fascinates him: ‘His work is almost spiritual, it calms the room, the building, the people. Richter’s paintings are very restless. They bring movement and colour into the room and create a kind of tension in minimalist architecture.’
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