In her rich and evocative paintings Selma Gürbüz draws on a broad range of influences and merges them with her whimsical imagination to produce lyrical and very personal works.
On the one hand, Gürbüz’s works carry echoes of high Ottoman and traditional Turkish folk art, with combinations of elements that are uniquely Turkish and rooted in the culture of the country. Her distinctly drawn figures are set against the picture plane recalling those of Turkish miniatures. Her figures are sometimes reminiscent of those in Oriental shadow theatre and the animal and figural calligraphic compositions of Turkish scribes. At the same time her works recall the formal qualities of 19th and 20th century European painting - Ingres, Matisse, Manet, whilst dreaming of Cranach, Leonardo, Velazquez and Goya through eastern eyes. Other features are intensely personal. Gürbüz’s strong outlines, eclectic subject matter and surreal goings on offer a window into her daydreams.