Ilker Cinarel

  • Artopia London Ilker Cinarel, Growing up with great surroundings, acrylic on fabriano paper – 160cm x 150cm
  • Artopia London Ilker Cinarel, Existence of experiences, acrylic on fabriano paper – 160cm x 150cm
  • Artopia London Ilker Cinarel, Draw into memories, pencil on Fabriano paper – 160cm x 150cm
  • Artopia London Ilker Cinarel, Interior of space, acrylic on fabriano paper – 160cm x 150cm
  • Artopia London Ilker Cinarel, Flashbacks, mixed media on fabriano paper – 160cm x 150cm
  • Artopia London Ilker Cinarel, Appearance, acrylic on fabriano paper – 160cm x 150cm
My work responds to moments experienced, moments witnessed, things felt and things seen.

My practice is about gathering the memories of such events and feelings and remodelling them to reveal new stories and ask new questions. I impulsively collect characters, objects, scenes and places from my memory, my imagination and from glimpses of what I see happening around me.

These images allow me to reassemble and reconstruct these fragments, reinventing them through a playful process of painting and drawing. Taking fragile moments and giving them humour, love and immortality.

I am particularly drawn to the extraordinariness of the things that can happen in everyday life and when I am piecing together these events, as I am drawing them, I feel as though I am translating them, discovering their wit and sorrow with equal empathy.

My work questions, ‘what is real; mind or body, the past or the present?’

A process of collecting, observing, experiencing and remembering then making a mark, adding something, changing something and adding some more.

My research examines and explores those aspects of the human condition that trigger our emotional response and in particular how our perception of life is altered through the re-telling and memory of extraordinary events.
I work with different media including drawing, painting, sculpture and installation.


2009 – 2011 University College Falmouth, MA Fine Art Contemporary Practice (Distinction)
2000 – 2001 London College of Fashion, Fashion Design, London
1995 – 1999 Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, BA (Hons), Ceramic and Sculpture, Istanbul


2011 Sandra Blow Award
1997 “Search about the Bavaria porcelains”, Hoechst Ceramic Tec., Retsch Porcelain Factory, Nurmberg, Germany
2007- 2012 Several works in private collections


2013 – to present Associate Lecturer at University Falmouth
2012 – to present Tutor at St Ives School of painting

Solo Exhibitions

2013 ‘Unexpected package’, (video and performance), Klup Kulah, Istanbul
2008 ‘Am I Wrong?’ Shipton Gallery, London
2007 ‘Openness’, The Gas Works Fulham, London
2001 ‘Elite Fabric Show’, Trend Area Design, Earls Court, London
2000 ‘Christmas Ball’, Interior Design and Art Woks, Hilton, Istanbul
1999 ‘Embrace, modern dance performance, Costume Design, Babylon, Istanbul

Group Exhibitions

2014 ‘Love It’, The Montage, London
2014 ‘INNternal’, Halsetown, UK
2013 ‘Drawing the Line’, Millenium Gallery, St Ives
2013 Porthmeor Studios, St Ives
2013 ‘Square Eye Istanbul’, Istanbul Kultur University & Falmouth – UK
2012 ‘Dark Times’, Cmr Gallery, Redruth, UK
2012 ‘Mail Art’, Decentralized Network Congress, USA, Serbia, Argentina, Italy
2012 ‘Act Of’, Test bed 1 Gallery, London
2012 ‘4’ 33” ‘, Cmr Gallery, Redruth, UK
2012 ‘PLAP’, St Ives Harbour, St Ives, UK
2012 ‘New Visions’, Cmr Gallery, Redruth, UK
2012 ‘Square Eye Bologna’, Exchange Gallery – UK & Italy
2012 ‘Paper People’, Gulval Chapel, Gulval
2012 ‘Liminal Bodies’, Exchange Gallery, Penzance
2012 ‘Spring’, Smoke House Gallery, London
2012 ‘Weld’, Autonomous Zone, Caz Project Space, Penzance
2011 ‘This Will Make You Human Too’, PZ Gallery, Penzance
2011 ‘This Will Make You Human’, UCF, Falmouth
2010 Interim Show UCF, Falmouth
2009 ‘Space’, New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives
2007 ‘A new collective’ Chelsea Old Town hall, London
2000 ‘Gulcicek’, (Painting) , Istanbul
1999 ‘Passion and the New Wave’, 6th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul
1999 ‘Les PROJECTIONS D’ARGIL’, 2nd international Ceramic Film Festival, Montpellier- France
1999 ‘Metamorphosis’, Istanbul faculty of Architecture’s Gallery, Istanbul
1999 ‘Graduate BA Show’, Marmara University of Fine Art, Istanbul


2013 ‘Interview with Artist’ – Aesthetip online magazine – By Steve Kenyon
2013 ‘Bu sikici bir yazidir’ – Sanat Atak by Selin Kocagoncu

Conferences & Seminars

2013 Being In [ Landscape ] – CAZ Seminar programme, Penzance
2011 Abstraction Now – The Indiscipline of Painting, Tate St Ives
2010 The Falmouth Convention (invited ‘artist expert’, Assembly field trip)
1998 ‘Artist of the Future 75+42’, Marmara University, Istanbul
1998 ‘Symposium’, Organization of Marmara University, Istanbul

Residency & Workshops

2013 Hamish Fulton ‘Walking’ , Penzance, UK
2012 John Cage 4’33” One week residency, CMR – Redruth, UK
2012 ‘To the edge’, DIY 9, Carnyorth Environmental Education Centre