Anyone who has driven down into Mersin on Akbelen Boulevard has no doubt seen Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” or Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” painted onto one of the old buildings along the street. If like me, you wondered who did these paintings, I can now give you the answer as I recently had a chance to connect with the artist Ertuğrul Çavuşoğlu.
Originally from Van, Ertuğrul is a self-taught artist that has been employed by the Toroslar municipality, along with Nazife Bilgin Hazar, to beautify the area and I think they are doing a splendid job, don’t you?
They have completed ten buildings but they are hopeful that their work will continue well into 2018. They have chosen a range of famous works by Turkish and Arabic artists as well as the European masters mentioned above.
Ertuğrul is hoping that his work will inspire younger people into wanting to learn more about the famous paintings that he has replicated and the artists behind the work. He wants his adopted city to know that art is important. Art makes you feel and art can take you places you have never imagined. Art is fundamentally the same all over the world and is a common language which (for me at least) still allows us to all enjoy the work together.
I love this last photo.
All photos are courtesy of Milliyet with Ertuğrul’s full approval.
You can follow Ertuğrul’s progress on his Instagram – ertugrul1828 – here.
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