Hayrettin OKAY <2007


Hayrettin Okay, who is a Geological Engineer by profession,was born in ?stanbul in 1938 into a family of artistic background and attainments. Hayrettin Okay's interest in painting deepened as a result of the guidance of his mentor, the late ?efik Bursal?.While at University he was responsible for professional designs and sketches,but it is within the last 20 years that he has come to favour watercolours as his medium. Drawings inspiration from his surroundings, the artist seeks to document in his work objects and values that are fast disappearing, such as old streets ,houses,doors and boats and to effect this transfer with contrast of light and colour. The works of Hayrettin Okay have elicited much attention in art circles as exciting,attractive and genuine watercolours .The artist, whose works are to be found in collections both within Turkey and abroad,now presents his 11th personal exhibition. Hasan Keyf Hasankeyf is located within the boundaries of Batman province in south-east Anatolia. This settlement, famous for its cave dwellings, goes back to ancient times and was originally named Kefa. It served both as a bridgehead and a station on the land and river routes between Diyarbak?r and Cizre. After the Roman Empire, Hasankeyf passed into the control of the Abbasids, and later to the Marwanids and the Artuko?ullar?. For over two centuries between 1011 and 1231 it was the capital of the Artuko?ullar? dynasty, after which it was taken over by the Ayyubids. The Mongols destroyed and burned down the town in 1260. With the arrival of the Akkoyunlular tribe the town regained its vitality. In 1516 the sovereignty of Hasankeyf passed from the Safavids to the Ottomans. Some of the monumental structures dating back to the Islamic period of the Middle Ages are still standing in Hasankeyf. The main such buildings are the R?zk mosque built in 1409 by the Ayyubid sultan Süleyman, the bridge over the river Tigris constructed by the Artuko?ullar?, the Ulu Cami which is considered to have been built in the 1300's and the fort with its gates. The span of the great arch of the bridge over the Tigris is 40 metres. On the opposite banks, a few buildings and tombs have survived till the present, including the mausoleum of Zeynel Bey who was the son of Uzun Hasan. In 1981, the historical monuments in Hasankeyf were awarded protection by the Ministry of Culture. At a time when attempts are being made to save Hasankeyf, which will be submerged under water after the completion of the Il?su Dam, this exhibition is dedicated to all friends of culture. 17 works of artist are being exhibited in our site.The prices of these works are between 200$-300$. For the enlarged images please click on them.


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