Artist Gallery

Ayhan Tomak

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Ayhan Tomak is a Turkish painter and wood sculptor, born in Antakya-Turkey in 1970. The artist completed primary and secondary schools here and learned/ practiced wood carving first with the help of local masters at an early age.

Ayhan Tomak completed his university degree at Economics in Istanbul University. He participated in the IFAR Painting Group led by Erol Deneç, and also in many group exhibitions between 1991 and 2006 nationwide, mainly in Istanbul.

After 2006, he showcased his works in a number of exhibitions and workshops including Helsinki 2017 Wood Carving Workshop, Symposium International De Sculpture Sur Bois De Libreville, 2014-Gabon, Eastwood Arts Festival 2013 – Nottingham, SOFA 2011 Sculpture Objects and Functional Arts-New York, Spirits of Arts 2011, La Galleria Pall Mall – London, Art Expo 2011 İstanbul and Helsinki International Artists Association Group Exhibition, 2008 & 2009.

His work includes indoor mural paintings (Wandgemälde), reliefs, and wooden sculptures. He also designed illustrations for various newspapers and magazines, book and CD covers. He created reliefs and sculptures for TV series and cinema movies.

Ayhan Tomak is a member of the Helsinki International Artists Association and continues working in his own studio in Istanbul.

Artist Statement:

My artistic side has developed from very early childhood. Wood, as a material from the heart of nature, has always been a source of inspiration together with its mythological importance throughout the ages and across the cultures. My designs and the type of wood used to create my art are inseparable. I never paint or add any artificial features to my wood relief sculptures and mirrors. They always preserve their natural appearance, instead I choose the type of wood, carefully selecting the grains, lines of wood, and it’s natural colour. The only treatment used on my wood carved artwork is varnish for the protection of the wood surface. I like working hard in my workshop days and nights, forming; shaping the wood, all by hand.

Solo And Joint Exhibitions

2017 (Istanbul) Sanat 7/24 Art Volum5 Art and Design Exhibition, Armaggan Art Gallery
2016 (Derbyshire,03/12/2016-17/01/2017) Timeless Imagination Imanaka Interiors Exhibition, Lally Gallery – The Erewash Museum
2016 (İstanbul) Reflection From Painting To Sculpture / Key Art Gallery (Solo Exhibition)
2015 (Helsinki) Fine Art Exhibition, Helsinki International Artist Association Group Exhibition
2013 (Istanbul) TUYAP International Istanbul Art Fair, Gallery Eksen
2013 ( Izmir) Izmir Bienal
2013 (Istanbul) Joint Exhibitions, Gallery Eksen
2012 (Istanbul) TUYAP International Istanbul Art Fair, Gallery Eksen
2012 (Istanbul) ‘Develoment’ Joint exhibitions, Gallery Eksen
2012 (Istanbul) Home & Garden Exhibition, Marjin Art
2011 (Istanbul) Joint Exhibitions, Armaggan Art Gallery
2011 (Londra) Joint Exhibition, La Galeria Pall Mall
2011 ( Izmir ) Izmir Bienal
2011 (New York) SOFA 2011 Sculpture Objects and Functional Arts
2011 (Istanbul) Art Expo Istanbul, International Art Center
2010 (Istanbul) Origami Rose, Joint Painting Exhibition, International Art Center
2009 (Istabul) TUYAP Sanat Fuarı, Gallery Sanat Gezgini
2009 (Helsinki) Helsinki International  Artists Association Group  Exhibition
2008 (Helsinki) Helsinki International  Artists Association Group  Exhibition
2006 ( Adana ) Colours of Women Adana State Fine Art Gallery (Solo Exhibition)
2000 (İstanbul) Kadıköy Municipality Culture and Art Center (Solo Exhibition)
1999 (Bursa) Akbank Bursa Art Gallery (Solo Exhibition)
1999 (Istanbul) Yaşarbank Exhibition Hall (Solo Exhibition)
1999 (Istanbul) Painting Exhibition of the Group “Four Colours”, Taksim Art Gallery
1999 (Istanbul) Painting Exhibition of the Group “Four Colours”, Salih Zeki Kolat Cultural House
1998 (İstanbul) Ataturk Library Exhibition Hall (Solo Exhibition)
1997 (Istanbul) Joint Painting Exhibition, Yunus Emre Cultural House
1997 (Istanbul Drift to Dreams – Joint Painting Exhibition, Pres Museum Cultural Center
1997 (Istanbul) Painting Exhibition of IFAR Group, MEB Art Gallery Exhibition Hall
1996 ( Edirne ) Painting Exhibition of IFAR Group, G.M. of Trakya Birlik Exhibition Hall
1995 (Istanbul) Painting Exhibition of IFAR Group, Atatürk Library Exhibition Hall
1995 (Istanbul) Painting Exhibition of IFAR Group, Perpa Trade Center Exhibition Hall
1995 (Istanbul) Joint Painting Exhibition, Istanbul University Student’s Cultural Center Exhibition Hall

*IFAR: Istanbul Fantastik Reality

Activities

2017 (Izmir) Wood Carving Workshop with Ayhan Tomak, Teos Culture and Art Association, Seferihisar
2017 (Istanbul) Linden Festival, Wood Carving Workshop with Ayhan Tomak, Atasehir
2017 (Istanbul) Touching to Wood, Join Exhibition by Ayhan Tomak Atelier Students, Baris Manco Cultural Center, Istanbul
2015 (Eskişehir) The International Wood Symposium, World Wood Day
2014 (Nottingham) Wood Carving Workshop with Ayhan Tomak
2013 (Gabon) Symposium International De Sculpture Sur Bois De Libreville
2013 (Nottingham) Eastwood Arts Festival, Wood Carving Workshop with Ayhan Tomak
2013 Istanbul Technical University, Exhibition – Conference
2013 TRT TURK, Guest artist in the morning program.
2012 TRT TURK, (National TV) Guest artist in art program.
2011 TRT TURK (National TV) Guest artist in art program.
2008-2010 Wooden Reliefs and Paint Works for the Ask-i Memnu TV series (Istanbul).
2009-2010 Wooden Sculptures and Accessories Works for the Ezel TV series (Istanbul).
2009  TRT3-TRT GAP (National TV) Guest artist in the program Formule of Success
2009  TRT 2  (National TV) Guest artist in the art program.
2009-2011 Arts Park – Bench Design at Nisantasi Cumhuriyet Parki Istanbul