Nejat Satı is part of a generation of artists who have used innovative techniques to transform the discipline of painting. Prior to commencing a painting, Satı mixes his paint with a viscous, transparent acrylic gel. A generous amount of this mixture is then swept across the canvas and over its edges by either a brush or a squeegee. Once dry, the pigmented gels waxy consistency transforms into a hard, shiny, plastic-like surface. Due his materials semi-transparent nature, the artist does not fully control the outcome and often small bands of underlying colour peer through, contrasting with the colour of the uppermost layer, creating a sense of movement. Therefore, while the creation of each work is similar, nuances in composition and shade make each outcome distinctively different from the last.
Divorced from the restrictions of figurative depiction, Satı's practice focuses on the application and manipulation of his medium. For him, it is just as much about testing his signature materials inherent creative potential, and exploring how the fluctuating transparency effects how the colours juxtapose with each other, as it is about the artworks final form.
Nejat Satı, b. 1982. Major exhibitions include The Power of Form, Plato Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); Nefs (solo), Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey (2014); Istanbul Art Scene (solo), Yallay Gallery, Hong Kong (2014); Hot Spot Istanbul, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2013); State of Mind (solo), Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey (2012); Organic Abstract (solo), Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey (2012); Encounters, Turkish Contemporary Art in Korea, Araart, Seoul, South Korea (2012); If Nature is Heaven, Hell is The City, Cer Modern, Ankara, Turkey (2011); and When Ideas Become Crime, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey (2010).
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