Ahmet Elhan

1959 · Turkey

Artist biography

Ahmet Elhan is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Turkey, like other renowned artists such as Fikret Atay, Canan Tolon, Yüksel Özen, Caner Zeki Işıklı, and Eviner Inci. Ahmet Elhan was born in 1959.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ahmet Elhan's work is on display at Zilberman Gallery | Berlin in Germany. Ahmet Elhan's work has most recently been exhibited at Zilberman Gallery | Istanbul in Turkey (13 May 2019 until 04 July 2019) with the exhibition I'm an Eye, A Mechanical Eye.

Further Biographical Context for Ahmet Elhan

Ahmet Elhan was born in 1959 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s growing up. Conceptualism is often perceived as a reaction to Minimalism, and the leading art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all representative of a strong desire to evolve and consolidate the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, featuring some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early ideas of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given a second chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre reclaimed its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The majority of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-cultural activity that no other visual artist OF his standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. The critically engaged Mono-Ha movement, comprised of Japanese and Korean artists, flourished in Tokyo in the 1970s. Discarding conventional ideas of representation, the artists favoured an interpretation of the world through an engagement with materials and an examination of their properties. The artworks would often consist of encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, mostly left intact.

Ahmet Elhan

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