Open World

Tayfun Gülnar

29 January - 12 March 2022

Tayfun Gülnar’s third solo exhibition at x-ist, Open World will remain open for visitors between January 27 and March 12, 2022.


Tayfun Gülnar’s third solo exhibition at x-ist, Open World brings together tranquil sceneries far from this world and its transforming figures in a series of works through which the artist plays with the parameters of European painting in the 15th and 16th centuries. Presenting the audience with the relationship he established between scenery and indoor paintings that goes beyond periods in time, the artist searches for ways to rid of the bodily and mental influences of the concepts of closedness, safety, and censure on individuals.

Having expressed his meticulous and detailed style in his reproduction of the past through a monochrome palette, the artist demonstrates in Open World the transformation of his paintings for the need of being peaceful and hopeful. Gülnar not only brings the effect of color to his paintings but also alters the beings he created in his previous series into new figurative forms. Life and death are intertwined in works such as “Adoring Venus”, “Hopeless Pit”, and “Metamorphosis.”  Enabling an interpretation of disease, wellbeing, decay, death, and life through figures, the paintings are inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and the atmosphere in Tiziano Vecellio’s landscape paintings.

In his paintings where days, nights, calamities, resistant life, and hope are as intertwined as they are in reality, Gülnar presents the effects of daily life in a fictional place parallel to the modern world.


Marking a new era in Tayfun Gülnar’s works, Open World can be visited at x-ist between January 27 and March 12.

The Worship of Venus, After Tiziano Vecellio

Oil on canvas, 114 x 146 cm

Those Transformed by the Wind

Oil on canvas, 75 x 90 cm

Those Who Came with the Wind

Oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm

Border of the Forest

Oil on canvas, 114 x 146 cm

The Cappadocian Dragon

Oil on canvas, 80 x 120 cm

Hopeless Space

Oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm

Crumbling monument in fragonard view

Oil on beech panel, 84 x 59,5 cm

Colorman at the Night

Oil on beech panel, 65,5 x 87 cm

Landscape in Landscape

Oil on canvas, 140 x 140 cm

The Resistance

Oil on canvas, 35 x 40 cm

Objects of Death Life

Acrylic and gouache on poplar and beech panel, Dyptich; 30 x 30 cm, 30 x 20,5 cm

Portrait of the Contrary Child

Acrylic, gouache and sprey on poplar panel, 41,5 x 33 cm

Storm, After Giorgione

Oil on found wood material, 41 x 51,5 cm

Mantegna's Pain Free Landscape

Oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm

Lights of Night

Oil on canvas, 70 x 90 cm


Oil on poplar panel, found materials, assemblage, Triptych; 120 x 86,5 cm, 120 x 86,5 cm, 120 x 83,5 cm

Artist’s Self Portrait of Luminous Toy

Oil on poplar panel, 30 x 21 cm