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Mobile Artists on Their Artistry – Interview with Sukru Mehmet Omur

We are delighted to publish the sixth of our new styled interview entitled ‘Mobile Artists on Their Artistry’. Within this interview, we ask highly successful mobile artists twenty questions about their backgrounds, their work, social media, how Covid-19 has influenced their creative life and so much more…

Today, we are proud to publish our latest interview with award winning artist, Sukru Mehmet Omur. He has been working with his iPhone since retirement and now resides in Paris, France following his relocation from Istanbul, Turkey.

To read the others in this series, please go here.

All images ©Sukru Mehmet Omur

How would you introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know your work?

I am a mobile artist converting himself slightly to analog collage and painting. Photography and digital painting are my preferences on iPhone and iPad.


What name do you use within social media and was this a conscious decision?

I use my whole names and surname within social media. I didn’t want to use any nicknames.

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What kind of family did you grow up in?

Simple but protective and caring family with tenderness and love.

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Did your childhood influence your ideas about creativity?

Yes, too much especially playing games. I always loved playing games. All kind of games. Life maybe is a scene but is also a game.

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Did your parents support your creativity?

Yes, they did.

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When was the first time you knew you wanted to be an artist?

Recently, just before my retirement period.

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What is creativity to you?

Creativity is a brain game between right and left hemispheres. That makes you create an original idea, art work or musical piece etc.

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What did you do before (if appropriate) becoming an artist?

I was an ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon.

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Where are you most creative?

In the plane or train or bus. Travelling…

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What inspires you?

Everything inspires me.

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Who inspires you?

Beautiful beings, humans, animals, birds etc.

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Does your engagement on social media help you to plan your future projects?

Sure, it helps and so much.

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What does your average day look like?

Quite busy, working, playing, living, searching, learning, teaching, creating and so on.

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Is it your intention to ask questions or make the viewer question what they see?

I like it when people question what I do. Sometimes I question too what I am doing and have some difficulties understanding what I am doing.

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Is there humour in your work?

Yes, sometimes not often but I do like humour.

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How important is failure in your work process? Do you incorporate it into your creative process?

I believe failure is a part of  art work and sometimes turns an ordinary work of art into a masterpiece.

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How do you deal with criticism?

It’s Ok for me. Sometimes It helps me to progress. I prefer when it’s done gently.

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Has the Covid-19 pandemic influenced your creative life?

Yes It was a very productive and creative period of my life. I created 14 “Night Notebooks” with collages, sketches, vintage photos, story telling with my images and photos. 300 art book as a art object will be produced and published next year. It’s on construction. I can really say that Covid-19 pandemic make me work hard, think, create, learn and produce.

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Who dead or alive would you like to have dinner with?

Van Gogh

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What is the best piece of advice that you’ve heard and still repeat to others?

Do what you love, be with  your loved people.

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Contact details for Sukru Mehmet Omur

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