Born and raised in Turkey, Yusef Keten has been based in Norfolk since 2002. With a background in mechanical engineering Keten is primarily interested in the way abstract forms interact with each other, exploring shape and colour to depict the images he sees in his minds eye. The paintings are built up in layer upon layer of acrylic on canvas, inspired by nature, memory and emotion. The artist describes his canvases as “…coming from somewhere deep inside me. I feel so in tune with the works I create.” This can be seen in the ‘journey’ of the paintings, which “travel, adapt and change so many times” until the result is visually and emotionally satisfying to both Keten and his audience. By manipulating line, shape and form Keten creates abstract forms which are detached from reality through a deeply organic and imaginative process.
Keten has exhibited in group and solo shows with the Norwich 20 group over the past few years, as well as holding an exhibition of painting and sculpture with us at the Fairhurst Gallery, Enigma (2019)