Belmin Pilevneli is a visual artist and illustrator, born in 1990, Istanbul and currently living/working in London.
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She studied Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design in Sabancı University and MA Illustration and Visual Media in UAL, London College of Communication.
Before starting her studies in London she worked as a graphic designer/illustrator in Istanbul. While living in this new city, where she slightly changed her career path, she was being represented by Made in Arts London, Creative Debuts, Chrom-Art in different fairs and exhibition like ‘London Illustration Fair 2016’, ‘First Thursdays - UAL Takeover, 2017 ’, ‘Tribe 17 - International Art Fest’. She displayed her works in the exhibition ‘Lost and Found’ with a collaboration of UCLH (University College London Hospital). She had her first solo exhibition ‘Are You In Love’ in Istanbul at Galeri Miz in Dec-Jan 2018, continued with an other solo ‘Love Me, Love Me’ in London at Shipton Street Gallery.
She took part in group exhibitions in Istanbul and Ankara as well. Her works were displayed at Contemporary Istanbul in 2018 with Galeri Miz. She recently exhibited at the exhibition ‘Paper. A Selection of Turkish Contemporary Art’ at Pilevneli Gallery, Art Ankrara Contemporary Art Fair (with Galeri FE ), Step Istanbul Contemporary Art Fair (with Gallery Büyükdere 35 and Paper Street Co.) and at a group exhibition, 'Lost In The Highway in Soho House Istanbul.
Most of her works walk hand-in-hand with text, poetry predominantly written by herself in order to reflect intimacy, love and refinement from intense feelings. She aims to compare the way people used to experience these emotions in the past and now. One of her subjects is purity: about children who experienced wars.
She uses paper in order to visualize purity- either pure love or children, which she embosses with an etching press. When the color is being added on the white paper, it means that there are other feelings added. As well as pencil drawings and acrylics on canvas, she likes doing digital painting and creating photo collages, too.