Cem Basarir

Artist Summary

Cem Basarir is a Canadian contemporary urban artist who has found a new way to express on canvas what he sees in the world around him in a style that is specifically his own.  Contemporary and fresh, while classic in subject matter. Price Range:  $700 – $12,000

Full Biography

Biography

Cem Basarir is a Canadian artist who currently resides in Toronto. Cem thinks of himself as a true urbanite, and the city of Toronto has become one of the key subjects in his paintings.

Cem  studied art and continued to pursue his studies at the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Dokuz Eylul in Turkey, Textile Design Department 1983-1987

He has executed commissions for pencil and charcoal drawings and paintings in various mediums, including oil, acrylic, airbrush, gouache, water colour, and pastel. He also taught young artists the fundamentals of painting and drawing.

Following his formal education, Basarir honed his skills in the advertising world, where he worked for numerous clients including tourism agencies. He eventually moved on to opening his own graphic design and advertisement company, which he ran for 15 years and which earned him much popularity.

Cem believes that creativity and uniqueness are very important in today’s works of art. After many years of  painting and experimenting, Cem feels confident that he has indeed found a new way  to express on canvas  what he sees in the world around him in a style that is specifically his own.

Cem now has a dedicated client base and a strong interest in his paintings. Cem is also available for commissioned works of art.

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Education

George Brown College, Graphic Arts, Adobe Illustrator Certificate, Toronto, 2007
Dokuz Eylul University, BFA, Textile Design, Izmir, Turkey, 1987
Dokuz Eylul University, B. Admin., Izmir, Turkey, 1982
Istanbul University, BA, Economics, Istanbul, Turkey, 1979

Group Exhibitions

Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, September 2017
Art Ankara Contemporary Art Fair, Ankara, March 2017
Art Fusion, Arta Gallery, Toronto, February 2017
Valentine Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, February 2017
Christmas Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, December 2016
Mistletoe Magic, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, November 2016
Gallery Hittite, Toronto, September 2016
In the Space of Colour, Kumf Gallery, Toronto, June 2016
The Major Exhibition, Bilkent Art Street, Ankara, April 2016
Art Ankara Contemporary Art Fair, Ankara, March 2016
Holiday Exhibition, Gallery Walrus, Toronto, December 2015
Park Dedeman Gallery by RC, Istanbul, November 2015
Unique Canadian Exhibit, Bilkent Center AVM, Ankara, October 2015
Summer Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, July 2015
Connecting Canadian Artists, Spring Show, Arta Gallery, Toronto, April 2015
ATO Congressium, Ankara, March 2015
February Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, February 2015
Annual Valentine Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, February 2015
Holiday Exhibition, Gallery Walrus, Toronto, December 2014
Holiday Group Show, Arta Gallery, Toronto, November 2014
Summer Suns Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, July 2014
Summer Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, June 2014
Early Spring Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, February 2014
Valentine Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, February 2014
International Art Exhibition, Louvre (Carrousel), Paris – France, January 2014
Christmas Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, November 2013
October Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, October 2013
September Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, September 2013
August Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, August 2013
The Rainbow Cinemas Gallery, Toronto, June 2013
Montage, Moniker Gallery, Toronto, May 2013
Valentine Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, February 2013
Christmas Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, December 2012
Autumn Group Show, Gallery Hittite, Toronto, November 2012
Summer Group Show, Arta Gallery, Toronto, September 2012
Annual Summer Group Show, Arta Gallery, Toronto, August 2012
Gallery Hittite, Toronto, July 2012
Lastin, Bezpala Brown Gallery, Toronto, March 2012
Gallery Hittite, Toronto, December 2011
Gallery Hittite, Toronto, September 2011
Gallery Hittite, Toronto, July 2011

Solo Exhibitions

Happy Easter, CB Studio, Toronto, April 2017
Give the Gift of Art, Gallery Walrus, Toronto, December 2016
Toronto in Colour, Gallery Walrus, Toronto, August 2016
Earth Day, Gallery Walrus, Toronto, April 2016
Gallery Walrus, Toronto, July 2015
Cambria Gallery, Toronto, May 2015
RC Art Gallery, Ankara. December 2014
My Beautiful Toronto, CB Studio, Toronto, May 2014
Gallery Aphrodite, Nova Scotia, June 2013
Gallery Hittite, Toronto, January 2013
Gallery Hittite, Toronto, August 2012

Juried Exhibitions

Painting 2017, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, July 2017
CFS’s Biennial Open Juried Exhibition, Todmorden Mills, The Papermill Gallery, Toronto, June 2016
SCA’s National Open Juried Online Exhibition,On-Line Gallery, April, 2015
CFS’s Biennial Art Exhibition, Todmorden Mills, The Papermill Gallery, Toronto, June 2014
CFS’s 61st Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Toronto, November 2013
CFS’s 60th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Toronto, November 2012
SCA’s 44th Open National Juried Exhibition, Todmorden Mills, The Papermill Gallery, Toronto, July 2012
CFS’s Biennial Art Exhibition, Todmorden Mills, The Papermill Gallery, Toronto, May 2012

Fundrasing Events

Third Charitable Marathon, King’s Garden Banquet Hall, Toronto, June 2017(For Orphaned Children in Ukraine)
A Night of Art Sale, Gallery Walrus, Toronto, January 2016 (For SickKids Hospital Foundation)

Media Appearances

Kontakt TV (Ukrainian TV in Canada) February 2017
Forum TV (Ukrainian TV in Canada) February 2017
Turkuaz TV (Turkish TV in Canada) February 2017
TRT Turk (Turkish International TV Channel) January 2015
Yeni Asir (Turkish national newspaper) December 2014 – 2
Yeni Asir (Turkish national newspaper) December 2014 – 1
Hurriyet Ege (Turkish national newspaper) December 2014
Moda Magazin , Ankara, December 2014
Ankara Art Magazine, December 2014
Telve, Turkish Society of Canada’s e-magazine interview, October 2014
Ankara Life interview, Ankara, September 2014
CBC interview, Toronto, June 2014
TRT Turk (Turkish International TV Channel) May 2014
TRT Turk (Turkish International TV Channel) Interview, February 2014
TRT Turk (Turkish International TV Channel) February 2014
Turkuaz TV (Turkish TV in Canada) January 2014

Membership

Colour and Form Society (CFS) – President, January 2015 – May 2016
Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) – 2012 – 2017

Private Collections

Consulate General of Ukraine, Toronto
EW Concept, Toronto
Pristine Printing Inc. Toronto
Turkish Consulate General, Toronto
Bilkent Art Center, Ankara
Hittite Gallery, Toronto
National Realty Management Inc., Toronto
Salamis Casino, Cyprus
Cesars Casino, Istanbul
Cesars Casino, Bodrum

Commissioned Artwork

Murals and paintings for Hotels and Casinos.  Focus:  Archaeological themes, landscapes.

Teaching Experience

CB Studio-Gallery, Toronto, 2008 to present
Music & Art School, Toronto, 2007 – 2008
Studio Boomerang, Drawing Fundamentals, Izmir, Turkey, 1996 – 2000

Artist’s Statement

Cem  Basarir is a Canadian contemporary urban artist who loves city life. He studied Fine Arts as a young person and focused particularly on the lives of painters and the art that emerged from them.  Cem believes that creativity and uniqueness are very important in today’s works of art.  He often feels that many art schools and teachers, as well as lovers of art, tend to be too focused on the academics of art and tend to imitate or, at best, repeat what has been done before by other artists.

Over the years—constantly exploring ways of expressing his own art and turning out paintings that would reflect his approach—he has been searching for something new. And now, after many years of  painting and experimenting, Cem feels confident that he has indeed found a new way  to express on canvas  what he sees in the world around him in a style that is specifically his own.  “I believe that in my paintings I am connecting the present and the past. My paintings are classic in subject matter (street scenes, people, nature, etc.) but my way to bring all of this to life, to give everything a distinctive voice in my paintings, is contemporary and fresh.”

Cem wants is to invite the viewer to enter the painting and be with the person there, to add his or her own feelings to what is there, and to have an encounter that can transcend time and space.

Most of the details in his painting reflect his masterful technique to create precise and carefully nuanced detail.

Above all, Cem is excited and proud to be able to add his own way of seeing and making art to the art scene in Toronto.

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My Beautiful Toronto- June 7, 2014

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