“I find it invigorating to harness a particular memory or observation as inspiration. It is thrilling to explore my artistic reach on the canvas and watch my vision slowly emerge. This freeness allows unique blends of textures, colors and forms and memorialize the emotion I feel privileged to share with the viewer.”
Eren Alptekin is a mixed media artist who creates abstracted compositions through a mélange of textures, vivid colors, and bold shapes. Her paintings echo a unique combination of her experiences, observations, and dreams. Through an expressive visual language, Eren strives to invoke a sense of reflection and uplifting mood of a certain place and time. By juxtaposing the familiar with the unpredictable, she aims to communicate with the viewer through a shared knowledge while also allowing for their individual interpretation of the abstraction.
To pursue her creative dreams, Eren studied architecture and earned her Master of Science degree in Architecture from Columbia University in New York City in 1985 after receiving her B. Arch. and M. Arch. Degrees. Eren’s relationship with different art forms has constantly evolved over the years but always touches back to her architectural design and art history background.
Eren worked extensively with watercolors, acrylics and oils and each medium helped her to continue formulating and enhancing her own personal style in mixed media. Mixed media allows her to fully express her abstract style of re-imagination the world with pure innovation.
Her extensive international travels, experiences of urban life and the natural splendor of California continue to be a constant catalyst in her never ending pursuit of new ideas. Her abstract paintings depict the serenity and balanced feel of natural environments, focusing on light’s diffusion through the air, water and land. Her urban scapes reflect her experiences of the energy in metropolitan cities and her appreciation of the grandeur of the historic buildings and environments. Her figurative work is about celebrating life, love, togetherness and strength.
With some inspirational notion in her mind, Eren starts most of her artwork with some compositional ideas. But the texture and colors quickly take on a life of their own. Her spontaneous and innovative textural applications and her multi layered coloring technique with rich hues, in line with the spatial movement of the texture, creates a unique visual narrative. Eren’s paintings are an opportunity to not only convey the passion and depth she puts into her art, but also to give each viewer a unique sense of energy and excitement.
Eren has been exhibiting her art throughout California in numerous galleries and juried art shows for the past 28 years and her work has been displayed in many collections in the U.S. and abroad. Currently she is represented by Hugo Rivera Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA.
Eren works and lives with her husband in Newport Beach, CA and has two grown up daughters.
2018 Upcoming Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna Beach, CA
2017 Whittier Art Gallery, OKAA Exhibition, Whittier, CA
2017 Art Venture, SOCO Costa Mesa, CA
2017 Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna Beach, CA
2017 Newport Beach Art Exhibition, Civic Center Newport Beach, CA
2017 Beverly Hills Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2017 EK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Art That Is Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Ephata Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Parkview Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 Newport Beach Art Exhibit, Civic Center Newport Beach, CA
2015 Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 LA City Club, Los Angeles, CA
2015 NBAF Art Show, Civic Center, Newport Beach, CA
2015 Virga Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2014 Studio Gallery-Bistango Spring Art Exhibition, Irvine, CA
2013 Avran Art+Design, Laguna Beach, CA
2012 Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2011 Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2010 2nd City Council Art & Performance Center Space, Long Beach, CA
2010 Mission Federal Walk, San Diego, CA
2010 Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2009 NBAF Art Show, Newport Beach Public Library, Newport Beach, CA
2009 Art In the Park, Corona del Mar, CA
2009 By the Running Foot, OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA
2009 Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2009 JCC of Orange County, Irvine, CA
2009 Sandstone Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2008 JCC of OC, Irvine, CA
2004 Gensler International, Newport Beach, CA
2000 South Coast Plaza Village Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA