UTKU DERVENT ARTIST’S BOOK

”Every Painting is a Self-Portrait”

Each and every one of our relationships with the world are mirrors that reflect us back at ourselves.

Every painting made, by way of relating to the world, is a self portrait as the painter’s encounter with their own self. This is so because what the painter depicts in their work is a revelation, a disclosure of their perception of the world and in being so, it is the self itself.

Painting is, for me, similar to playing chess, in a way. It is impossible to play chess on one’s own. One cannot play against oneself since every move would be known in advance.