Monday, May 10, 2010

Javad Soleimanpour

Image © Javad Soleimanpour
Name:  M. Javad Soleimanpour
Bio: Founded in 1959, Seven Sanat Galerisi is located in Moda, Istanbul. It is a framing company that produces wooden mouldings from traditional to contemporary finishes, in over 3000 designs. It also displays a number of artists on its site, among them Javad Soleimanpour. Javad Solimanpour was born in 1965, Tebriz. His first exhibition was in 1978 at a time when he was working on reproductions of the famous paintings in Saadabat Palace Museum.  Since 1998 the Seven Art Gallery organizes his personal exhibitions in İstanbul, where Soleimanpour continues both painting and teaching at the same time. 

Javad Soleimanpour burst upon the pastel scene in April 2009 when he won first place in the Landscape and Interior category in that year’s Pastel 100. He himself had no idea he had been entered for the competition by one of his students. The winning painting was a stormy seascape with the Haydarpasa lighthouse – Soleimanpour has lived for the last five years on the shores of the Sea of Marmara that connects both to the Black Sea and the Aegean – no lack of subject matter with seven lighthouses on Istanbul’s shoreline. (I wondered if there was a link between that fact and the name of the gallery, but in fact Seven Sanat Galerisi is Art Lovers’ Gallery in Turkish.) Soleimanpour is self-taught, painting since the age of 12 and painting professionally for quarter of a century. He likes to work plein air, but will often finish a work in the studio. Soleimanpour has this to say about his life as an artist: "Since my childhood I only wanted to paint, and nothing else. I have painted the people and things I liked. The people always had things to tell but they never knew that I just liked to watch them talking instead of listening, which maybe I must apologize for. The faces with all of their ripples, texture  and the shadows… time stands still when I paint. And what lies behind the engaging of my art with the viewer is something that comes from deep inside, in my heart. That never ending intensive feeling and to deal with any issues on painting have become mundane for me, such as breathing.” 

Image © Javad Soleimanpour
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subjects: Landscapes, Seascapes, Still Life, Portraits.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: The website is in Turkish; click on GALERI at top left, then on the left panel with Javad's name, This will open an Adobe Flash slide show of his paintings.
Image © Javad Soleimanpour


  1. This is, so beautiful. Your work has inspired me to take a pastels class and a plein air class. Recently I saw a Art Gallery, with the Color correctness. It was awesome.

  2. awsome dear
    what a amazing pastel work
    i am love in it
    great work