Yasemin Kyrena Tomakan



Artist Biography and Background

Bio
Yasemin Tomakan was born in California and was raised by an American/Hungarian mother who was both an illustrator of textile design, china and product packaging – and by her Turkish father. Her mother’s sister was a fashion illustrator and costume designer for MGM and Yasemin was very influenced by the stories she had heard as a child of her aunt. Raised in Ankara, Turkey, as an only child, she spent much of her time watching her mother at work who encouraged her to draw and paint.

Yasemin finished her schooling in New York City, attending the Art Student’s League in Manhattan during summers and graduating from The Cooper Union of Art & Engineering. She was also greatly influenced by the aesthetics of Asian art, specifically Japanese art, architecture and garden design. She began her career in product packaging design and worked at several design firms including the one she founded with her husband that serviced both corporate clients and commercial design.

She eventually retired to raise three children in Greenwich, Connecticut and in her mid-40’s turned to oil painting. Her professional affiliations include the Lyme Art Association, the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), the Rowayton Arts Association, the Art Society of Old Greenwich an the Greenwich Art Society. Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Nantucket, Annapolis, Maryland, Southampton, Long Island, Darien, Connecticut and Rye, NY.

Her traditional fine art training gave Yasemin a background in different disciplines with her primary interest in color and light. Drawn to subjects revolving around sea and sky, as well as large expanses of space, her paintings often try to capture the mood and presence of the environment.
Lived
born 05/24/58 California
Region
Connecticut, Massachusetts
Known for
Marine, Landscape, Still Life
Studied
Art Students League, NYC, NY 1971-1973
The Cooper Union of Art and Engineering, 1977-1981
Professions
Painter
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2013, Greenwich Art Society, 96th Annual Juried Exhibition

2013, Rowayton Arts Center, Expressions Exhibition

2013, Darien Bank, CT Artists Exhibition

2012, Rowayton Arts Center, Reflections, BEST IN SHOW

2012, Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich Arts Council Exhibition

2012, Rowayton Arts Center, Marine & Coastal Art Show

2012, Rowayton Arts Center, Paint Rowayton

2012, Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich CT, Open Juried Show – THIRD PLACE WINNER - OIL

2012, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Public Library, Seascapes Galore Exhibition

2012, Rowayton Arts Center, Seasons of the Norwalk Land Trust

2012, Rowayton Arts Center, Art in the Park

2012, Town of Westport CT, Brooks Brothers – Solo Exhibition (in store)

2012, Norwalk Community Cooperative Nursery School, Fundraiser Exhibition

2011, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket, New England Impressions VI Holiday Exhibition –

2011, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket, Flora, Fauna & Fog IV

2011, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket, Women Artists on Nantucket Island VI

2011, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Contemporary Marine Artistry V

2010, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – New England Impressions V, Holiday Exhibition

2010, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Contemporary Marine Artistry IV

2010, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Women Artists on Nantucket Island V

2010, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Flora, Fauna & Fog III

2009, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – New England Impressions IV, Holiday Exhibition

2009, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Into Plein Aire III

2009, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Women Artists on Nantucket Island IV

2009, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Contemporary Marine Artistry III

2009, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Flora, Fauna & Fog

2009, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – New England Impressions III, Holiday Exhibition

2008, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Women Artists on Nantucket Island III

2008, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Into Plein Aire II

2008, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – New England Impressions II, Holiday Exhibition & Sale

2007, Meridian Galleries – Flora, Fauna & Fog

2007, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Woman Artists on Nantucket Island II

2007, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Into Plein Aire II

2007, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Contemporary Marine Artistry

2007, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Still Life with Flowers

2007, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – New England Impressions

2006, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Flora, Fauna and Figures

2006, Meridian Galleries, Nantucket – Women Artists on Nantucket Island
Memberships
Lyme Art Association, 2008-Present, Member
American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), 2008-2012, Member
Rowayton Arts Association, 2008-Present, Member
Art Society of Old Greenwich, 2006-2008, Member
Greenwich Art Society, 2009-Present, Member
Yasemin Kyrena Tomakan
P.O. Box 232
Old Greenwich, CT  06870
Styles
American Impressionist, Contemporary, Realist
Mediums
Oil, Pastel
Price Information
Paintings: $750 for small oil paintings and pastels to $7,500 for large oils.