Born 1970, Ankara, Turkey
Lives and works in New York, NY; Istanbul, Turkey; and London, UK
Haluk Akakçe’s paintings suggest idyllic settings and vast landscapes without actually representing either. Bridging a space between figuration and abstraction, his paintings depict swathes of floating shapes in pastel colors and graphic black lines that are often arranged in asymmetrical patterns. They feel light and casual in their elegance and recall Henri Matisse’s late paper cut outs. Akakçe does not limit himself to painting; he makes large-scale light installations and subtle videos combining a clever mix of intuition and structure in his poetic body of work.
Haluk Akakçe received his BFA from Ankara Bilkent University in 1993; an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 1996; and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. Selected exhibition history includes solo and group shows at: Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; Tate London; Tate Liverpool; Istanbul Modern; Hayward Gallery, London; and PS1 - Contemporary Art Center, NY.