H. Avni Oztopcu

1962, Born in Erzincan on February 12
1980-1984, Undergraduate study in Marmara University, Atatürk Faculty of Education, School of Arts,
1984-1986, Graduate study in Mimar Sinan University, Major Branch of Painting,
1987-1989, Ph. D study in Mimar Sinan University, Major Branch of Painting.
1989-1990, Compulsory military service. (Tuzla - Selimiye)
1991-91, Employed as the art reporter of SON BASKI daily newspaper.
1991, Joined the Painting Department, Atatürk Faculty of Education, Marmara University as a research worker.

i n d i v i d u a l e x h i b i t i o n
1986 25 November- 2 December High Diploma Trace Work Exhibition Mimar Sinan University, Mimar Sinan Exhibition Salon
1988 7-28 November, Yonca Modern Art Gallery, Istanbul
1989 3-6 July, &"34;Sanatta Yeterlik&"34; Trace Work Exhibition, Mimar Sinan University Osman Hamdi Salon, Istanbul
1996 15-26 April, University of Y&"305;ld&"305;z Technic, Y.S art center, Istanbul
1996 1996-2001 lasting, H62 Studio Exhibition, Feneryolu-Selamicesme, Istanbul

H. Avni Öztopcu's &"34;Road of Place&"34;
In his early works (1985), he used black which he defined as &"34;darkness&"34; and white which he defined as &"34;light&"34; as his basic tools.
We see that he tried to reinforce the geometric speculative integrity of the stratified contrasts created by lighted crystal brightness of the mechanical objects which he places inside the dark spaces with their grayish-white gradations, together with diagonal planes including amorphous motives with elements of connections, motion, repetition and texture. In his later works (1986),
while contrast created by motion in the earlier stages where being replaced by perpendicular and horizantal forms in conrast, rythmic elements making the geometric planes of mechanical objects took the place of contrast forms (Amorphous-Crystal). Grades of grayish-white transformed into grades of colour. The rythmic elements of repetition prevail their mechical structure while in search of their appropriate place and function. It is not difficult to see that the reason for this change in H. Avni Oztopcu's paintings is connected with his orientation towards
&"34;colour&"34; and &"34;motives&"34; which gained significance in his works. In fact in his later works (1987) these two elements constitute the fundamental structure upon which he builts his drawings. The function of the black and white contrast in his early works are now transformed into the function of colour contrasts. His passion for black and white contrast has been transformed into grayish spaces and passages which he used in his drawings.
While mechanical decorations take the form of organic textures, &"34;Planimetric&"34; structure has been adopted with respect to space as a result of this approach.

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