some photos from my visit to Altinoran Art Studio
Altın Oran Sanat Evi (Golden Scale Art House) was established in 2003 by world-renowned artist, Dilek Selamet and Murat Selamet.
The studio is in Kozyatağı, which is on the Anatolian side of İstanbul, Turkey.
Dilek where classically trained in the ancient art of tezhib or illumination painting, Murat, in miniature painting.
Each piece can take up to 6 months to create. All of the art is unique, sourcing from traditional forms that have their roots in turkish art dating back as early as the Seljuk and Uighur periods.
The tezhib (tezhip) form uses Arabic or Persian scripts or calligraphy as a base which is then highly decorated to create a wonderful lasting image.
Miniatures (minyatür) tell their own stories, often recording a particular event, a place or person. For example on the right is a portrait of Fatih Sultan Mehmed similar to one that can been seen at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul and is at present on display in London at the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition ‘Turks: A journey of a thousand years 600-1600’.
The Altın Oran team is dedicated to passing on this age old art form to others; they run courses at their studio, tho’ learning this art form can take a life time. Several times a year exhibitions are held throughout Turkey and the world.