Artist Statement

The perception of emotional and physical communication between people with their past and present is significant.  I intended to focus on different types of communication that we widely use.  In my paintings, I tried to establish communication between past and present with everything that I observed around me.  As a result of being born and raised in another country, my paintings express the crossing of two different cultures.

When I was a child, we used to visit my grandmother every summer.  She was living in a little village located on coast of the Black Sea in Northern Turkey.  Houses were far from each other and located over several hills.  They didn’t have cell phones like we have today; not even landlines existed at that time in that region.  When people needed to communicate with each other, they would use a shouting technique utilizing different sounds to express certain things from to hilltop to hilltop. These memories and few belongings from my parents and from their ancestors still keep my communication with my past to this day, even from thousands of miles away.

I applied volumetric and flat concepts together to express the emotional and technical aspects of communication.  Because they make me feel warm inside, but also homesick, I used organic forms of softness and sensitivity.  Organic forms close to each other, many of them with cool colors, represent ultimate loneliness in my paintings.

Nilufer Ozturk, May-2011



Born in 1962  Samsun, Turkey.

Received BA degree in teaching art from Ondokuzmayis University, Samsun Turkey in 1984.

Taught art in various cities including Istanbul.

Continued her works in the Deniz Orkus art studio in Istanbul before moving to the US in 2000.

Studied in different artist’s studios in New Jersey.

Continues to paint in her studio in New Jersey



1991- Istasyon Art Gallery,  Istanbul, Turkey.  Group exhibition

1992- Beyoglu Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey.  Group exhibition

1995- Press Museum,  Istanbul, Turkey.  Group exhibition

1996- Press Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.  Solo exhibition

2000-Cemal Resit Rey Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey.  Group exhibition

2001- Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ. Juried  Member’s exhibition

2006- Visions Gallery, Clinton, NJ.  Solo exhibition

2010-RVCC Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ.  Student Art exhibition.

2011-RVCC Art gallery, New Brunswick, NJ.  Independent Study Art show.



2001-Hunterdon Museum of Art Membership exhibition Second Award.  Clinton, NJ


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