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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Beauty, Illustrated

It's Lisi from The Beauty File and I'd like to introduce
you to Melbourne's own, Nevin Hirik.

The paintbrush: her instrument.
The canvas: her linen storyboard where dreams come alive....

Remember, 2009

Dreams to Remember, 2009

Three, 2003

Dreams to Remember VI, 2009

Theme of the Uprooting II, 2006

I Will Wait to See You Again, 2008

In Nevin's studio...

I had the opportunity to interview the lovely artist.
She shared her inspirations, experiences and favorite music.

1. What inspires you? Art? Music? Literature? Other artists?

Life!! Everything really. Literature, film, dance, history, traveling, stories, my life, your life, pain, happiness, one word in the movie, a line in the book, Art itself, and Music, of course.
2. What colors do you feel most comfortable using? Are there certain shades that you are drawn to?
Not really. Every painting has its own story and the colours come with the painting naturally, I don’t plan this before the painting. Funny thing is if I want a painting with lots of red it ends up blue, if I want it blue it ends up red. So the best thing is not planning it, it tells me what it wants!
3. Your work truly invokes a dreamlike state and your use of layering is incredible. How long does it take you to create your work?
Thank you. It really depends on the painting, also my mood. I am a full time artist. Sometimes I am locked in my studio and paint days and nights, and I get burned out, physically and mentally, I get so tired. And then I have a break. Then back to the studio again. One solo show a year. And some mixed small shows. I can’t have more than one solo show a year; really I don’t know how people paint like that.
4. Do you paint with music playing in the background? What is on your play list right now?
I do. I can’t think of my studio without music. I love listening to music when I am painting. I listen to lots of different music.
I listen to lots of world music, classic, opera, hip-hop, Blues, Gypsy, Jazz. Lots of good music. I listen to lots of silly music in private life, but in the studio I listen to good music:
Eleni Karaindrou, Zulya, Portishead, Djivan Gasparyan, Elliot Goldenthal, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, David Hirschfelder, Elvira Uzunian, Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin, Fazil Say, Nick Cave, Rashid Behbudov and Erkan Ogur.
5. What experiences/people from your own life are reflected in your collection?
I sometimes call my paintings a mirror. Every single private story behind these pictures also belongs to you. I am not unique, none of us are. We are all human. We share all the stories.
You can see my stories in my paintings. I am a migrant. I came to Australia from Turkey when I was 23 years old. There is a girl in my painting carry her house in her hand; another one has got the tree inside the house. So this is my experience, but it is also others stories too. For me it represent more than private stories. Thousands of people are homeless now, countries simply can’t share the earth with other nations.
Painting is the language I choose. And I love sharing this with others, that is the best part.

Visit Nevin's blog to view all of her work here
To contact Nevin, email her at:

top photo: silence is everywhere, 2008

(Guest Post by Lisi at the Beauty File.)



Blogger The Things We Carried said...

Her work is very beautful, classic and whimsical at once.

October 25, 2009 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Simply Mel said...

Such dreamy and etheral pieces...I seriously could stare at them all day long and find something lovely in every detail!

October 25, 2009 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Wow! Very Wow. And I love what she says about painting being the language she has chosen.

October 25, 2009 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger The Little Fox said...

Such beautiful, dreamy work...I am drawn into her work, it has a magnetic quality that could be the layering you mentioned...I want to look closer and closer...simply stunning. Thank you so much for sharing this.

P.S. I have been (quietly) following you for a while now, I hope you are handling the current situation with optimism above all.

October 25, 2009 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Molly Jean said...

this work is stunning!

October 25, 2009 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Lianne said...

love the works!!!! beautiful, dreamy and refreshingly different.

October 25, 2009 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger pixelhazard said...

Oh they make me want to paint

October 26, 2009 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger Anna Liesemeyer said...

Oh My gosh, what exquisite work. I am so glad you are featuring artists. They work so hard and deserve recognition like this. beautiful work!!

October 26, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger NodtoMod Vintage said...

i am sooo drawn to these paintings- awesome interview as well- very smart!

October 26, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger I Think My Tummy Hurts said...

such beautiful works!!! my favorite it the one titled "three."

October 26, 2009 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Pin said...

Amazing! I love the whimsical, dream-like quality to these paintings, and I love what Nevin said about her work being a reflection of our shared experiences. "Three" is my absolute favorite.

October 26, 2009 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

How lucky you are to interview the artist :) Love the first and last ones the best, but all are gorgeous of course!

October 26, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger ...Seyma... said...

OMG!! they're one of the best things i've ever seen!! fantastic. amazing. fabulous. yay!!

October 26, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Slices of Beauty... said...

Love, love, love these!

October 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Passementerie said...

They're beautiful! Thank you for sharing this...

October 26, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Hanako66 said...

these are so beautiful:)

October 26, 2009 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Eliana Tomás said...

uau. all illustrations are simple beautiful. love all them...

you've a lovely blog.

October 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Cassandra Marie said...

Beautiful and simple.

October 26, 2009 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger art4friends said...

oh these artworks are just stunning. really beautiful.

great interview, thank you for sharing!

Renee xxx

October 26, 2009 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Electro Geisha said...

Wonderful. i love the pink and/or black ones... beautiful... the first one is my favorite :)

October 27, 2009 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger Holly Anne said...

lovely art work... nice interview!

October 27, 2009 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger Marisa said...

thanks for posting this! so glad to know of her work!
"Three" was immediately dear to my heart as i have two sisters... is any chance that Nevin sells prints of her work?? stunning!

October 27, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger The Pocket Stylist said...

These paintings are amazing!! I am officially following

October 27, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Tammie Lee said...

Thank you for sharing Nevin and her art, it is quite lovely and dreamy too. The interview was wonderful to read as well. I love that Nevin feels her private stories are mingled with our own. I also found it interesting that she represents herself as a migrant and that she feels:countries simply can’t share the earth with other nations. This is interesting to hear from an import (as I have heard folks called playfully).

October 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Tina Tarnoff said...

What an extraordinary person and a wonderful artist she is! I love the serene and whimsical feel in her paintings.

October 27, 2009 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger *elv said...

wowow...really very nice!!

October 30, 2009 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger raynette quel. said...

thank you for introducing this amazing artist to me. im in love with her pieces.

October 30, 2009 at 2:55 AM  
Blogger Ange said...

Fabulous artist. Fabulous shoes!!

November 2, 2009 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Decoration Decoration said...

I love this ilustrations.

November 9, 2009 at 12:38 AM  

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