We are delighted to publish the thirteenth 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 feature our latest interview, this time, with award winning artist Mehmet Duyulmuş from Istanbul, Turkey. Many of his sumptuous images have been vigorously created and inventively staged, altogether leading to a rich and rewarding interview, enjoy.
To read our other interviews in this series with Jane Schultz, Susan Latty, Cindy Karp, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Deborah Kleven Morbeto, Patty Larson, Adrian McGarry, Catherine Caddigan, Rita Colantonio, Sarah Bichachi, Marco Prado and Peter Wilkin please go here.
How would you introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t know your work?
I am a person who likes taking pictures whenever and wherever I have the chance. Most of the time I process them on my iPhone or iPad using several apps to reach an image which expresses my feelings. The end product is often a pictorial collage. With new technology I can now find and carry all the necessary tools to create and paint just in my pocket.
What name do you use within social media and was this a conscious decision?
I use my name along with the high school I had attended in Istanbul: mduyulmus_stbenoitsb. I always consider myself lucky to have attended Lycée de St Benoit in Istanbul where I learned to look at the world from an entirely different perspective. Yes, it was a conscious decision to express my gratitude.
What kind of family did you grow up in?
A large and crowded conventional and quite conservative family. I was the youngest of the four and therefore the favorite of my parents. We were a closely knit family where there was no shortage of love and pampering, so I was a bit spoiled.
Did your childhood influence your ideas about creativity?
Most probably it did because I remember daydreaming a lot and although as a child I was just getting newly acquainted with cinema and TV, I had very vivid, colourful movie like photographic dreams!
Did your parents support your creativity?
To a certain extent yes but they did not think of encouraging me to study art. They appreciated that I occupied myself with dreams and kept quiet . As a matter of fact I come from a family where all the members have been merchants for generations. During my student years I worked as a tourist guide to earn my pocket money. So it was my destiny to become a businessman!
When was the first time you knew you wanted to be an artist?
When I started watching movies, of course, I wanted to be a movie star. Acting was my primal goal. A goal that due to circumstances I could not pursue and had to forget. However, years later while I and my wife were advising our son and daughter to do or to study whatever they wanted something dawned on me. We told them to choose to study fine arts, drama or cinema… and that it was never too late to decide or to change their minds, my longing to be engaged in art was triggered.
What is creativity to you?
Expressing things in one’s own way.
What did you do before becoming an artist?
I was and still am a businessman.
Where are you most creative?
Almost anywhere where I can concentrate.
What inspires you?
Things around me. Nature, people, events…stories, news…Travelling, visiting museums, galleries, concerts…inspiration is everywhere!
Who inspires you?
My fellow mobile and digital artist friends, the works and styles of certain painters and sculptors and of course great masters.
Does your engagement in social media help you to plan your future?
Yes it does. You get to know people and others get to know you.
What does your average day look like?
I live in a country where economy is very fragile! In this fluctuating atmosphere most of my day is filled with business matters. But in the evening I can push away the black clouds and relax by opening the doors to art and creativity.
Is it your intention to ask questions or make the viewer question what they see?
Question what they see. Well it changes depending on what one sees or who sees what!
Is there humour in your work?
How important is failure in your work process? Do you incorporate it intoyour creative process?
I am a self-taught iPhone and iPad Pro user. I work through trial and error method. Sometimes failure is inevitable but this doesn’t discourage me.
How do you deal with criticism?
I try to take it on the light side! No harsh criticism please!
Has the Covid-19 pandemic influenced your creative life?
We were confined to our homes for a long time. I had a hard time getting over the uncertainty and the anxiety of those days but to be frank I became much more productive.
Who dead or alive would you like to have dinner with?
Frida Kahlo! If she knew she could paint and make art with a small mobile device in her bed! That might have eased her pain. I would like to discuss with her how drawing and painting on an iPad might have influenced her later work.
What is the best piece of advice that you’ve heard and still repeat to others?
Seize the day! Never too late! Love makes the World go round!
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