West Palm Beach Gallery Presents Nihal Kececi
When Nihal Kececi was 13, her first art exhibition made her a local celebrity in her small town in Turkey. Though she attended one year of visual art school, she also felt a pull toward the sciences, and against her parents' wishes, decided to pursue a degree in physics. After receiving a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in Nuclear Engineering, Ms. Kececi began her professional life as a design engineer in Turkey.
An opportunity to work as a research associate at the University of Maryland brought Nihal and her ten-year-old daughter to the United States in 1997. They then moved to Canada when Nihal was offered a position at the University of Montreal, Quebec. From 1997-2004 she worked as a software analyst in USA and Canada. Though she frequently visited art galleries, Ms. Kececi did not begin drawing again until 2001, after a 27-year hiatus. From 2001-2004, she spent her time equally between technical projects and painting. A turning point for the artist came in 2003 when a professor who purchased four of her paintings told her, "Nihal, there are many engineers, but not artists. Your contribution to society as an artist will be greater than as an engineer." Since 2004, Nihal has been painting full time, working in pastel, oil and acrylic.
Luminous colors, painterly brushstrokes, and an intimate gaze characterize the subtle elegance of Nihal Kececi's figurative and landscape paintings. Bridging the gap between abstraction and representation, Kececi incorporates richly textured surfaces with ambiguous areas of complex hues. Kececi's romantic visions and intense color palette draw on her cultural background, while her discerning eye and innovative approach point directly to her scientific research and interests. Despite the representational aspect of her paintings, Kececi intends for her works to depict not the scenes from everyday life, but the universal emotions, ideas, and concepts that drive her to create as an artist. Just as the artist's work has been shaped by her personal experiences, her life has been shaped by her deep relationship with painting. By intertwining the uniquely individual with the distinctly universal, Kececi produces works that speak to a wide audience, appealing not only for their aesthetic beauty, but for their transcendental themes.
About the Gallery: The Suzanne Connors Fine Art Gallery represents exceptional contemporary artists for both first time buyers and discerning collectors. SuzConnors Fine Art is a unique and intimate exhibition space in the heart of the Northwood Village historic district in West Palm Beach, Florida. Suzanne Connors fine Arts Gallery features monthly solo exhibitions as well as selected group shows throughout the year. Information on the gallery can be found on the website: www.suzanneconnorsfineartgallery.com.
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