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 Devrim Erbil  (1937 - )

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Born in Usak, Turkey, Devrim Erbil was a painter and art educator, who in his early work, was much influenced by the great beauty of the city of Istanbul, both natural and man-made.  A major influence was the work of Matrakci Nasuh, originally from Bosnia, and one of the most significant figures of 16th century Turkey. 

Matrakci Nasuh's most celebrated work was Beyan-i Menazil, a book of plans and descriptions, with 107 full page miniatures, illustrating the towns and cities on the army's eastward march on a campaign against Safavid Iran in 1533-36.  Castles, mosques, khans, colleges and pavilions are shown in painstaking detail, together with their surrounding terrain.  Although the miniatures are illustrations rather than maps-the features not shown to correct scale or even the correct positions-when taken together with the text descriptions they provide much the same detail given by topographical maps.

Erbil's earlier views of Istanbul strongly recall Matrakci Nasuh's illustrations with their jewel-like naturalistic colours---a similar combination of the bird's eye view and horizontal elevation.  In his later paintings the perspective and proportions become more naturalistic, whilst the colouring becomes monochrome and expressive.

Devrim Erbil's education included the Balikesir Gazi Primary School, High School, and a university, which is now named the Balikesir Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University of the State Academy of Fine Arts.  He also did research in Madrid, Paris and London.  In 1962, he entered the State Academy as a faculty assistant, and in 1970 became an art professor, serving as Head of the Modern Painters and Visual Artists Association of Turkey.  In 1985, he became Chairman of the Art Department of Mimor Sinan University, serving for three years, and then becoming Assistant Dean.  In 1991, he received the official title of Artist of the State, a high recognition from the Turkish Government.  In 2004, Devrim Erbil became Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at Dogus University, a private school in Istanbul.

Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture       
Ankara Museum of Painting and Sculpture       
Izmir Art and Sculpture Museum
Ankara National Library Collection           
Eskisehir Anadolu University    
Museum of Contemporary Art
Modern Art Museum of Bucharest
Minnesota Ben and Abby, Grey Foundation
Museum of Fine Arts in Alexandria, Egypt

1959 National Library Gallery , Ankara
1962 City Gallery in Istanbul
2004 Bank Art Gallery of Cybele
2005 Ortakoy Art Gallery, Istanbul
2006 Product Art Gallery
2007 Techniques and Colors Art Gallery Istanbul
2008 Images Art Gallery, London
2009 Year of Art, Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna

1966 Tehran Biennial "Royal Palace" First Prize
1968 Turkey Modern Painters "Young Painters" First Prize
1972 Alexandria Biennale Prize
1973 Ataturk's Republican Award
1976 Painting Competition Award
1978 State Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Merit Award
1982 First Prize in the State picture Sculptures
1991 State Artist Title
1998 Kyrgyz Republic Honorary Member of the Board of Science and Art
2000 View Simavi Visual Arts Award

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