Nejat Sati: Review in Artforum Magazine

Kaya Genç reviews Nejat Sati who is exhibiting in Informality's exhibition titled Symbiosis

Nejat Sati is part of a generation of artists who have used innovative techniques to transform the discipline of painting. Prior to commencing a painting, Sati mixes his paint with a viscous, transparent acrylic gel. A generous amount of this mixture is then swept across the canvas and over its edges by either a brush or a squeegee. Once dry, the pigmented gel’s waxy consistency transforms into a hard, shiny, plastic-like surface. Due his material’s semi-transparent nature, the artist does not fully control the outcome and often small bands of underlying color peer through, contrasting with the color of the uppermost layer, creating a sense of movement. Therefore, while the creation of each work is similar, nuances in composition and shade make each outcome distinctively different from the last.


Divorced from the restrictions of figurative depiction, Sati’s practice focuses on the application and manipulation of his medium. For him, it is just as much about testing his signature material’s inherent creative potential, and exploring how the fluctuating transparency effects how the colors juxtapose with each other, as it is about the artwork’s final form.


Nejat Sati, b. 1982. Major exhibitions include Light in the Dark (solo), Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey (2017); The Power of Form, Plato Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); Nefs (solo), Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey (2014); Istanbul Art Scene (solo), Yallay Gallery, Hong Kong (2014); Hot Spot Istanbul, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2013); State of Mind (solo), Pi Artworks Istanbul, Turkey (2012); Encounters, Turkish Contemporary Art in Korea, Araart, Seoul, South Korea (2012); If Nature is Heaven, Hell is The City, CerModern, Ankara, Turkey (2011); and When Ideas Become Crime, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey (2010). Major collections holding his work include; Avidon Art & Design Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany; Kuna & Co Collection, Frankfurt, Germany; Bissan Gallery Collection, Doha, Qatar; John Quinn Collection, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Urquhart Collection, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Allianz Collection, Istanbul, Turkey; Papko Collection, Istanbul, Turkey; Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey and Yildiz Holding, Istanbul, Turkey.


Nejat Sati is represented by Pi Artworks

November 4, 2019