“For me Art is life and every minute of my life is for Art.
I don’t like to teach anathomy or any thing in my paintings. I deform anathomy to reflect the soul of human being. Sadness, happiness, hope , sorrow, feel sorry for mistakes, silence, lack of dialogue , all deep feelings that makes us human..And sadly we forgot “we are human” !…
Expression is always there….symbolism takes so much place in my works. .Perspective is not a must and because of miniature painting in my culture has been dominant I avoid perspective. But time to time it comes itself naturally without disturbing my compositions.
I aim to make viewer to think with my works…Get deep into my paintings and read it through their own experiences. See their own life with my eyes…
Design and composition is very important for me. İts like building a house stone by stone and the walls are not walls of a prison, but make us feel free yo find our way.. Strong solid but so fragile.
Colors are bright and free,with harmony. Time and Art Critics will decide about my works in coming years.The colors are important for me, and they tell me with which color they can get well. Instinctly or because of long years education , experience & experiments.
I’m reflecting “human” to “human” by “my language of art.”.
Winning Prizes , has never been my aims.I do sculptures.paintings,graphic works, write music and lyrics and sing… All ı want to do is to built healthy strong artistic aesthetical art works to reach people, which ı hope will last for hundred of years or more.
Feridun Işıman was born in Küçük Kaymaklı in 9th February 1949. He is second son of a Turkish Cypriot family with seven children.
İn his childhood he did clay sculpture with his father, Venus figures and small scale of “Catherina Cornaro” the Venetian Princess of Cyprus. At the elementary school he was already known with his talent in sculpturing, painting and music ,as he was taking violin lessons too.
At the age of 9 he start to use oil colours on wood and acrylic colours on large size cardboards and papers. Everyone around was his models.
He was 9 years old when he copied an Italian Lithoprint reproduction (on the wall of his home where he was born ), by oil color on wood board.This work of him saved by him at the Cyprus war in 1963 when he was 14,5 yrs old.
He did large size reproductions in color or black ink of Leonardo da Vinci, Degas, Osman Hamdi and other artists from the age 10 to 14. At the same time he did paintings, ink drawings of school activities, landscapes in compositions.
Feridun already made up his mind to become an artist and art teacher from his childhood.
İn 1963 with the war in Cyprus Feridun had tragedy of his life. He became war prisoner with his family as 666 people from his village.All his childhood paintings, drawings he did was burned in his home. He never had chance to go back home again.
In1965 he joined voluntarily to the army at he age of 16. Beside army he was studying in Lycée and 1969 he had a Scholarship for Art Education at the Art and Handcraft Department of Gazi Institute in Ankara Turkey.
Işıman worked very hard to achieve success, in painting, drawing, sculpturing, graphic art, handcrafts. İn 1972 Feridun was Graduated from Gazi Faculty of Secondary Education Teachers and Faculty of Pedagogy Department of Arts and Hand Crafts (Turan Erol Atelier) in Ankara–Turkey.
1972-1974-He painted portraits at his (Gallery NOVA)near Küçük Kaymaklı.(Cyprus)
In 1974-75Lived in Finland and worked in Graphic Arts, Stage Design and he painted many portraits in oils and did drawings;
1975 -1995 he taught Art and Art History at Güzelyurt Kurtuluş Lycee and College.
1987 married to Mathematic Lecturer Dervişe Işıman.
Through all these years he continued working as an artist.
For the BRT Radio Television of T.R.N.C. He wrote and introduced his 16 series of educational Art Programme titeled `Colours and Lines` .
From 1971 participated in many mixed exhibitions in USA,Turkey,Holland,Bulgaria, Belgium, Austria, R.Macedonia,Lithuania,France,Japan,UK.and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
He filmed from art museums of Europe and created his own archive .
At the same time he has been working as a professional musician too, sang with his band and released 4 albums . Mainly singing ,writing lyrics and composing songs of his own.
1987 –1993 Represented T.R.N.C. at Mediterranean Song Contest in Antalya-Turkey and International Song Contest Istanbul 93`as solo singer.
1997-2000-Worked in GAU College as Art and Art History teacher.
2000 Released his first solo CD album ,own music& lyrics “I Didnt tell a lie”
2005-Released his single CD.`At the border”.
2001-2006 –Lecturer on Graphic Design and Art History in GAU University
2005-2010 –Lecturer at Architecture Dept.of Lefke European University.T.R.N.C.
2009-2012-Lecturer of Fine Arts and Graphic Design Facultee of Near.East.University.
2012- He made researches about Roman Sculpture-ITALY.
2013- Research of “ Art of Michelangelo-Florence museums” –Florence- Rome –İTALY.
2015- Second solo CD released “Let there be a day”
2015- Jury member at Song Contest in Cyprus
2015- Jury Member at Bosnia –Herzegovina-TUZLA city İNTERBİFEB-Tuzla International Portraid Biennial.
2015-Jury Member at Turkish Bank-“Children painting competition”
2015- September.,Curator and Organizer of European .University of.Lefke –İnternational Artists Meeting-T.R.N.C.
2016- ART STUDİO 110- Organized Prof.Meliha Yılmaz-&-Prof .Meltem Demirci Katırancı Exhibition-Lefkoşa-T.R.N.C.
2016-GAZİ University-International Education Symposium he gave seminar- ANKARA- TURKEY.
2016- 2017-ART STUDİO 110 Curator and Director of İnternational Art Colony-Lefke. Yeşilırmak-T.R.N.C.
2014-XVIII- “LONG WALK”.Antalya Archeology Museum – TURKEY.
2009-XVII- REFLECTIONS- Gallery Artést –PARİS – FRANCE
2009-XVI- SECMELER-SELECTIONS- Art Studio 110 Art Gallery-Nicosia-T.R.N.C.
2008-XV – Solo Exhibition –European University of LEFKE. T.R.N.C.
2006-XIV–`20 Paintings`-(National Gallery)Mala Stanica-Skopje-Rep of MACEDONIA
2006-XIII – Art Studio 110 –Differences II and New Ones–Lefkosa- T.R.N.C.
2005-XII- A.C.C. Hall,Lefkoşa-Differences-T.R.N.C
2003 –XI –Culture and Information Center Skopje -Republic of MACEDONIA.
2003-X-(GAU)- Kyrenia – T.R.N.C
2000-IX- (M.A.G.) –(Famagusta)-T.R.N.C.
2000-VIII- (A.C.C.)-( Nicosia)-T.R.N.C.
1999-VII-( GAU)- Kyrenia- –T.R.N.C
1996-VI-(H.P Gallery)- Nicosia -T.R.N.C
1994-V-(IUA) Hall- Kyrenia -T.R.N.C
1990-IV-A.C.C.Hall-( Nicosia)- T.R.N.C
1986-III-A.C.C.Hall-( Nicosia )- T.R.N.C.
1982-I.– (Gov..Symphony Orchestra. and Choir. Hall ) Nicosia- T.R.N.C
From 1971 to 2017 -Işıman participated in hundred of mix exhibitions in many different cities of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, South Cyprus,Turkey, USA,Holland,Bulgaria,Belgium, Austria, Macedonia,England,Lithuania,Romania,France, Korea, Japan,Bosnia&Herzegovina & Kosovo, Italy,Egypt several times.
His paintings are in all the European Countries as ,Finland Norway, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Korea, Kosovo, Japan, Austria, Lithuania, Bulgaria,France, Rep.of Macedonia, England, Turkey, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus, Canada, Cyprus and in USA.in private collections.
INTERNATIONAL ART COLONIES
From1998 to 2017 Işıman has been represented his country İnternational Art Symposiums and Art Colonies several times every year at different cities of these countries as Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,Turkey, USA,Holland,Bulgaria,Belgium, Austria,Germany, Macedonia,England,Lithuania,Romania,Korea, Japan,Bosnia&Herzegovina & Kosovo, Italy and Egypt .
2007- Honorary Member of Vardar Lions Club – Skopje-Rep.of Macedonia.
2006-Lions Club of Vardar- Skopje Macedonia –Certificate of Appreciation for his Art Exhibition at National Art Gallery-SKOPJE- MACEDONİA.
11.11. 2003-Honorary Citizenship Award of the Republic of Macedonia
05.07. 2003-Honorary Award of the city of Kicevo.With Denis BOWEN and Ljupcho MALENKOV. Kiçevo-Macedonia.
1996-Culture and Art Prize of Turkish Bank-( Lefkoşa – T.R.N.C.
1992-1993-1995-/ 8th-9th-10National Painting and Sculpture Exhib. (First Prize)( Lefkoşa-TRNC)
1975-Best Painting Prize- Nicosia-T.R.N.C.
1-T.T.T THEATRE Museum . Tampere.FINLAND
2-City of Denizli Art Museum of Municipality – Denizli-Pamukkale – TURKEY.
3-Bald Head Island Art Museum –North Carolina- USA