Featured Artist Temel Nal

Artist Temel Nal illustrates multiple realities through abstract photo impressionistic images. See more of his work by visiting his website.

 

abstract mask photograph by Temel Nal

“Red Woman With The Blue Mask II” digital photograph, 66cm x 100cm

 

The overriding theme of my work for the past two years has been our persistent withdrawal from the Natural “analogue” world and the resulting sweeping changes this has ushered in. Namely, that we have entered a voracious, relentless, day-to-day Data World.

 

abstract mask photograph by Temel Nal

“Red In The Center I” digital photograph, 66cm x 100cm

 

This has resulted in a body of work starting with my Blue Lady and Mask series and culminating in my Data World series.

 

abstract mask photograph by Temel Nal

“Blue Woman With The Yellow Mask” digital photograph, 66cm x 100cm

 

We are, right now, experiencing a changing of the guard in every way. Robots are becoming more human. Digital money, digital shopping and digital social networks all have led to a shift—an alienation and recalibration of our previously perceived realities.

 

abstract mask photograph by Temel Nal

“Col Capt I” digital photograph, 66cm x 100cm

 

There are multiple realities. Capturing a few of these with my impressionistic photography has been at the core of my work from the very beginning.

 

abstract mask photograph by Temel Nal

“Empty Eyes IV” digital photograph, 66cm x 100cm

 

In the Mask Series I deal with the eagerness, on our part, to distance, alienate and remove ourselves from our perceived “norm.”

 

mask series photograph by Temel Nal

“Empty Eyes V” digital photograph, 66cm x 100cm

 

I chose the Venetian Carnival Mask to represent this. Historically it was a leveler, allowing people of different social standing to mingle and interact. Wearing one allowed the wearer to escape reality and slip into another world.

 

abstract mask photograph by Temel Nal

“Red Woman With The Blue Mask I” digital photograph, 66cm x 100cm

 

The Carnival Mask became a symbol of rebirth, a disguiser of intentions, of truth, a door into the unknown, leading away from the accepted day-to-day. The wearer offered himself up to the unknown. No boundaries. A suspension of all forms of perceived reality.

 

abstract mask photograph by Temel Nal

“Col Cro I” digital photograph, 66cm x 100cm

 

The works I create free the mask and wearer from their form, from their beauty, digging deep into their essential colour and light, reducing everything to its essence. I freed colour from its form.

 

abstract mask photograph by Temel Nal

“Red Fountain II” digital photograph, 66cm x 100cm

 

Today we are moving further and further away from the natural world and immersing ourselves into a new Data World reality. However, none of my work is digitally manipulated or computer-generated imagery.

 

Artist Temel Nal with a Carneval Mask

Artist Temel Nal with a Carnival Mask

 

I use a unique photographic technique which I have developed over years. This allows me to “paint” with my camera on-site.  I “reframe” reality, producing images that are impressions of a given moment.

 

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