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Eerie Paintings From Istanbul Dealing With The Imminence Of Death

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Eerie Paintings From Istanbul Dealing With The Imminence Of Death

Istanbul-based artist Erkut Terliksiz is using surrealist symbols to show us just how empty and fleeting life is.

Like a dark nightmare populated by pink skulls, distorted ladies, and an evil Tweety Bird, Terliksiz immerses us in his twisted world of Vanitas art.

Vanitas, traditionally portrayed in 17th century art through still-life paintings of skulls and fruit, is the latin word for "vanity", a reference to the pointlessness of life. We come and go, naked and alone despite our greatest efforts on earth.

Things, people, objects… All leave, all end.

"All are transient. They will vanish," he says. "They exist in the world but they cannot fill in the spiritual emptiness." 

He continues to explain the symbology of his work:

"A found object, a door, the surface of the cupboard door painting, somebody who only once visited the studio or the feeling left by this person can be the subject of his painting, because life flows, life passes and ends. Things, people, objects… All leave, all end."

Terliksiz's colorful work is a modern take on a traditional Vanitas piece, pulling us down the rabbit hole of his dark imagination.

Find more of his moody work on Behance.

Via Behance

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