Pinar Tuba Biçmen

A Tribute to Women andthe Power of Symbolism

The Turkish artist Biçmen works with women’s figures in a subtle way, using oil paint. She was born in 1980 in Zonguldak, she graduated from Kabatas High School and Istanbul University, Department of Landscape Ar- chitecture. Her pictorial work initially presents a more evident chromatic contrast, combining dark colors with lighter ones. At this stage, she sought to consolidate a compositional structure in which she combined color and characters, working them with determination. Gradua- lly, without letting go of her exploration of women in a progression with a hint of message and symbolism refe- rences, Pinar’s creations became more subtle, with light colors and the absence of white, mythologizing or using the female figure in a more stylized way and trying to give it a careful aesthetic, so that the real motive behind the characters actions would be apparent. Pinar doesn’t shy away from the obvious description, but she also gets more synthetic as she goes deeper into her female cha- racters, wrapping them in a certain sensuality where the main thing is to make beauty look like it’s perfect, pro- mote aesthetics and find a sweet spot between what’s said and her ability to convey what’s on her mind beyond the obvious. The result is a painting that focuses on detail and descrip- tion without overestimating its ability. The goal is to create a discourse that has a certain amount of complexity, based on symbols that explain the ultimate purpose of the work, independent of its characters, but at the same time, also thanks to them.

Joan Lluís Montané
-De la Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte (AICA)-