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  • Gökçen Cabadan, Hiddenface, 2020, oil on canvas, 27 1⁄2 × 19 5⁄8".

    Gökçen Cabadan, Hiddenface, 2020, oil on canvas, 27 1⁄2 × 19 5⁄8".

    Gökçen Cabadan

    Öktem&Aykut

    A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, forty-year-old Gökçen Cabadan is the most skillful Turkish painter of his generation. Since his solo debut in 2008, Cabadan has often considered uncanny objects—dressed mannequins in a shopwindow, part of a skeleton inside a fountain, a man playing with a set of Russian dolls—in his oil paintings and pastels. Working from images found in magazines or online ads and using bright colors, passages of pure abstraction, and various types of estrangement effect, Cabadan presents us with figures who seek shelter and privacy even as they

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