Gokalp, Mertim



Mertim Gokalp was born 1981 in Istanbul.  He studied painting at Mimar Sinan  Fine Art Academy, Istanbul. Still a young emerging artist, his paintings are dynamic with full of energy, yet the subtle details of his portraits reflect his strict art discipline.



“My  latest exhibitions 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 is a regular a finalist in the national award exhibitions – the Doug Moran Prize , the Archibald, and the Black Swan Prize.



Mertim is available for commissions, his studio is located in Balmain, in  Sydney NSW



2012 -Honorable Mention,  the School of Visual Arts,  New York

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

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

2011 -Highly Commended, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Sydney,



2014 – ‘Feathers and Kisses’ Art2Muse Gallery Double Bay, Sydney

2013 – ‘Borderline’, Danks St Gallery Sydney

2011  – ‘Buoyancy of Water and Bloody Rats of Sydney’, TAP Gallery, Sydney



2014 Doug Moran Portrait Prize

2013 – Archibald Prize, Finalist, Sydney,

2013 Doug Moran Portrait Prize

LOST Artist Trail, Sydney NSW 2012

2012 Doug Moran Portrait Prize

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


Mertim with Janis lander at the opening of his exhibition “Feathers and Kisses”  i in front of his portrait of "The Red Shoe"  - Simon Burke

Mertim with Janis lander at the opening of his exhibition “Feathers and Kisses” i in front of his portrait of “The Red Shoe” – Simon Burke