Gokalp, Mertim

Born 1981

Location: Balmain – Sydney NSW

Mertim Gokalp studied painting at Mimar Sinan  Fine Art Academy, Istanbul. As a young artist, his paintings are dynamic with full of energy, yet the subtle details of his portraits reflect his strict art discipline.

Mertim’s  latest paintings are a series of subjective portraits, focused on capturing particular psychological moments of the subject, where at times the feelings expressed are intimate, exciting, detached, or challenging.   Using the narrative potential of portrait painting, literal representations of people posing or sitting are transcended into subjective representations of the psyche.

Mertim was a finalist in the Black Swan Portrait Prize for 2011 with his ‘Portrait of Paul Fenech’


Mertim is available for commissions


Art Prizes

School of Visual Arts, Honorable Mention, New York 2012

Real Refuses, The Democratic Archibald Prize –Winner, Sydney 2012

Black Swan Portrait Prize, Finalist, Perth 2011

Real Refuses, The Democratic Archibald Prize –Winner, Sydney, 2011

Hunters Hill Art Prize, Highly Commended, Sydney, 2011


Solo Exhibitions

Buoyancy of Water and Bloody Rats of Sydney, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst 2011


Group Exhibition

LOST Artist Trail, Sydney NSW 2012

One+2 Studio’s Group Exhbition, Balmain NSW 2011

Balmain Art and Craft Fest, Balmain 2011

Black Swan Portrait Exhibition, Perth 2011

Transience, Sydney 2011

Palm House Exhibition, Sydney 2011

Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, Hunters Hill, 2011

Tap Gallery, Real Refuses, The Democratic Archibald Prize Exhibition, Darlinghurst 2011

One+2 Studio’s Group Exhibition, Rozelle NSW, 2010

Start Studio Art Fest, Balmain NSW, 2010

Changeable Art, Kirribilli NSW, 2009

Brunswick Street Gallery, Works on Paper, Melbourne VIC, 2009

Brunswick Street Gallery, Small Works, Melbourne VIC, 2009

North Sydney Community Centre, Sydney, 2009

Karsi Sanat, Art against War, Frankfurt, 2008

Karsi Sanat, Ortadoguda Isgale Karsi Sanat, Istanbul, 2008

MSGU Graduate Exhibition, Tophane-i Amire Culture Center, Istanbul, 2008

Otis College of Art, Amsterdam, 2003