I know that the less I say about my paintings, the more they will say about themselves. Among the most authentic features of my paintings is that they were all brought into being by the same hand, yet they have all taken on different temperaments and personalities from each other (if this suggests a lack of character on the artist's part, it also shows just how much personality each of the pictures has). What is important is not an image that tells a story or creates an issue; but the blanks, stains, hoxys, lines, color textures and such –like images that can in and of themselves be pictures. For this reason when I start a painting, I am no longer being. I paint not with my thoughts, ideas, discoveries, but with my moods and the states of my spirit. That is why instead of communicating through thoughts or ideas, I choose my paintings to communicate with people’s spirits. As someone who puts shadows (with color) in the light of life, my dream is to make my painting seem like they were not painted but that they just came to be of their own accord or that they already existed and I enabled them to be seen. Sometimes a color that has not been used in a painting can make itself be felt to such a degree that it will become present in that picture through its absence. This is the magic of painting and the secret of a good artist is hidden in this magic.
Melih Ozuysal was born in Aydin, Turkey in 1956. He’s been painting without a hiatus since 1974. He has no university or academy training. He’s had 21 personal exhibitions to date and many group exhibitions as well, in Turkey and abroad. Ozuysal is also a prolific writer and poet.