Oct 26, 2009

by English Muse

It’s Lisi from The Beauty File and I’d like to introduce
you to Melbourne’s own, Nevin Hirik.

The paintbrush: her instrument.
The canvas: her linen storyboard where dreams come alive….
Remember, 2009

Dreams to Remember, 2009
Three, 2003

Dreams to Remember VI, 2009
Theme of the Uprooting II, 2006

I Will Wait to See You Again, 2008
In Nevin’s studio…

I had the opportunity to interview the lovely artist.
She shared her inspirations, experiences and favorite music.

1. What inspires you? Art? Music? Literature? Other artists?

Life!! Everything really. Literature, film, dance, history, traveling, stories, my life, your life, pain, happiness, one word in the movie, a line in the book, Art itself, and Music, of course.
2. What colors do you feel most comfortable using? Are there certain shades that you are drawn to?
Not really. Every painting has its own story and the colours come with the painting naturally, I don’t plan this before the painting. Funny thing is if I want a painting with lots of red it ends up blue, if I want it blue it ends up red. So the best thing is not planning it, it tells me what it wants!
3. Your work truly invokes a dreamlike state and your use of layering is incredible. How long does it take you to create your work?
Thank you. It really depends on the painting, also my mood. I am a full time artist. Sometimes I am locked in my studio and paint days and nights, and I get burned out, physically and mentally, I get so tired. And then I have a break. Then back to the studio again. One solo show a year. And some mixed small shows. I can’t have more than one solo show a year; really I don’t know how people paint like that.
4. Do you paint with music playing in the background? What is on your play list right now?
I do. I can’t think of my studio without music. I love listening to music when I am painting. I listen to lots of different music.
I listen to lots of world music, classic, opera, hip-hop, Blues, Gypsy, Jazz. Lots of good music. I listen to lots of silly music in private life, but in the studio I listen to good music:
Eleni Karaindrou, Zulya, Portishead, Djivan Gasparyan, Elliot Goldenthal, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, David Hirschfelder, Elvira Uzunian, Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, Fazil Say, Nick Cave, Rashid Behbudov and Erkan Ogur.
5. What experiences/people from your own life are reflected in your collection?
I sometimes call my paintings a mirror. Every single private story behind these pictures also belongs to you. I am not unique, none of us are. We are all human. We share all the stories.
You can see my stories in my paintings. I am a migrant. I came to Australia from Turkey when I was 23 years old. There is a girl in my painting carry her house in her hand; another one has got the tree inside the house. So this is my experience, but it is also others stories too. For me it represent more than private stories. Thousands of people are homeless now, countries simply can’t share the earth with other nations.
Painting is the language I choose. And I love sharing this with others, that is the best part.

Visit Nevin’s blog to view all of her work here
To contact Nevin, email her at: nevin@nevinhirik.com

top photo: silence is everywhere, 2008

(Guest Post by Lisi at the Beauty File.)


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29 Responses to “Beauty, Illustrated”

  1. The Things We Carried says:

    Her work is very beautful, classic and whimsical at once.

  2. Simply Mel says:

    Such dreamy and etheral pieces…I seriously could stare at them all day long and find something lovely in every detail!

  3. Melissa says:

    Wow! Very Wow. And I love what she says about painting being the language she has chosen.

  4. The Little Fox says:

    Such beautiful, dreamy work…I am drawn into her work, it has a magnetic quality that could be the layering you mentioned…I want to look closer and closer…simply stunning. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    P.S. I have been (quietly) following you for a while now, I hope you are handling the current situation with optimism above all.

  5. Molly Jean says:

    this work is stunning!

  6. Lianne says:

    love the works!!!! beautiful, dreamy and refreshingly different.


  7. pixelhazard says:

    Oh they make me want to paint

  8. Anna Liesemeyer says:

    Oh My gosh, what exquisite work. I am so glad you are featuring artists. They work so hard and deserve recognition like this. beautiful work!!

  9. NodtoMod Vintage says:

    i am sooo drawn to these paintings- gorgeous…love. awesome interview as well- very smart!

  10. I Think My Tummy Hurts says:

    such beautiful works!!! my favorite it the one titled "three."

  11. Pin says:

    Amazing! I love the whimsical, dream-like quality to these paintings, and I love what Nevin said about her work being a reflection of our shared experiences. "Three" is my absolute favorite.

  12. Jaime says:

    How lucky you are to interview the artist 🙂 Love the first and last ones the best, but all are gorgeous of course!

  13. ...Seyma... says:

    OMG!! they're one of the best things i've ever seen!! fantastic. amazing. fabulous. yay!!

  14. Slices of Beauty... says:

    Love, love, love these!

  15. Passementerie says:

    They're beautiful! Thank you for sharing this…

  16. Hanako66 says:

    these are so beautiful:)

  17. Eliana Tomás says:

    uau. all illustrations are simple beautiful. love all them…

    you've a lovely blog.

  18. Cassandra Marie says:

    Beautiful and simple.

  19. art4friends says:

    oh these artworks are just stunning. really beautiful.

    great interview, thank you for sharing!

    Renee xxx

  20. Electro Geisha says:

    Wonderful. i love the pink and/or black ones… beautiful… the first one is my favorite 🙂

  21. Holly Anne says:

    lovely art work… nice interview!

  22. Marisa says:

    thanks for posting this! so glad to know of her work!
    "Three" was immediately dear to my heart as i have two sisters… is any chance that Nevin sells prints of her work?? stunning!

  23. The Pocket Stylist says:

    These paintings are amazing!! I am officially following

  24. Tammie Lee says:

    Thank you for sharing Nevin and her art, it is quite lovely and dreamy too. The interview was wonderful to read as well. I love that Nevin feels her private stories are mingled with our own. I also found it interesting that she represents herself as a migrant and that she feels:countries simply can’t share the earth with other nations. This is interesting to hear from an import (as I have heard folks called playfully).

  25. Tina Tarnoff says:

    What an extraordinary person and a wonderful artist she is! I love the serene and whimsical feel in her paintings.

  26. *elv says:

    wowow…really very nice!!

  27. raynette quel. says:

    thank you for introducing this amazing artist to me. im in love with her pieces.

  28. Ange says:

    Fabulous artist. Fabulous shoes!!

  29. Decoration Decoration says:

    I love this ilustrations.

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