Şenol Sak has started his efforts founded upon his academically training, using the known and the unknown of his unique art style inspired by the nature with his admiration to it. Later to develop towards his recent paintings which reflect the intensive thought interpretations .
Further his exploration of his art formulae “gained recognition in found expression in “fish form” which he expressed the clear interpretation with rich colours and interactive harmonious motifs .
“I wish I was a fish in a bottle of Raki” .Well known phrase in Turkish modern literature of expression of the desire to be encapsulated within the certain nationally celebrated sprit of Raki resembles in his presentation of the “fish” in different forms in dynamic compositions which brings forward to the surface of the depths.
There is hardly any aspect of nature remains that the artists have not paid interest and explored or touched with their brushes . The subject is the reason in this adventure and exploration of the nature .
Sometimes his calligraphical text on the surfaces resembles the unique scale of the particular species own characteristics achieved with motives and the lines.

Prof. Erol ÖZDEN

November 1998

A Fisherman of Deep Water Artist, Senol SAK

While some artist depict flowers, others prefer to generate images of birds. And while some artists portray pitchers others prefer painting bottles. The work of an artist is. therefore, inherently unique to the individual’s experiences, emotions, and memories. The artist Senol SAK spent his entire life not catching fish but painting them, And when we talk about bird paintings, the unique work of Turkish artist Salih ACAR quickly comes to mind. In looking to authentically depict the unique allure of his subjects, Salih ACAR
derives his inspiration from past visits to the majestic Manyas lake. With an exposure to raw nature, ACAR has been able to create images we recognize and love today, leaving us with extraordinary examples of beauty to pass on to future generations.
Senol SAK’s works are majestic in its combinations of color and form, His paintings first reminded me of the small coral and red-dotted trout from Bolu’s Karadere forest, species once inherent to the trout farms of lake Abant. It was here where these red- dotted fish were set free; and it is SAK’s images that naturally bring back these wonderful memories
As like with migrant birds, SAK’s fish evoke a need for reflection on the diversity of worlds and colors alike. An innovator, Şenol utilized his brushes to bring to life a world of fish, creating their destiny with color and light. The results were nothing less than extraordinary works of art.
It is our earnest desire that these beautiful fish manifest themselves in every aspect of our daily lives, be it through conventional paintings, textiles or ceramics. Why should’nt fish images be used in window curtains, drapes, vases, ceramic dishes and utensils? Shouldn’t the importance of local motifs be considered invaluable, especially when works from Europe and the Balkans share a similar affinity for fish? The truth is that fish motifs remain steadfast in our daily lives. And once my dear professor Mr. Bedri Rahmi EYUBOĞLU created hand printed similar art works in textile and ceramics.
We should not be surprised, then, when we see our Şenol SAK successfully sharing his fish motifs all over the world

Osman Zeki ORAL
Ereğli, 2010

Abant Izzet Baysal University ardently pursues to accomplish Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s core principles to the best of is ability. In striving to carry out the particular mission and vision of reachang above the level of contemporary civilization.’ the university continues to support the innovative spirit within academia.
Since its establishment on July 3. 1992. our university has proudly hosted numerous brilliant artists and invaluable scientists from all over the world, We strive to share with our community the wealth of knowledge and culture fostered at our institution. In this aim, we challenge ourselves to build a vital awareness of cultural heritage within the public, and hope that it be passed on to future generalions.
To further commemorate the achievements of this institution, it is on its 20’th anniversary that we present the national and international artist Şenol SAK A native of Bolu, this innovator has proudly transitioned his education at Abant Izzet Baysat Universaty’s Art Education Faculty of Education into a successful career
At this exhibition curated by Associate Prof. Dr. Alpaslan UÇAR chair of the Department of Art Education Faculty of Education, the artist’s works (from 1995- 2012) are proudly displayed It is a true pleasure to present Şenol SAK’s works at our university’s art gallery, and on behalf of his alma mater, I would once again like to thank Mr. SAK for his great contribution to the institution of art.

Prof. Dr. Hayri COŞKUN
Rector of Abant Izzet BAYSAL University, Bolu-Turkey

Senol Saks painting is depicted by semantic layers, richness of colours, ecquisite composition, unique approach to the form and specific inner poetry. All that essential facts are to be kept in mind.
As one, Senol is a build up artist, with unique stile and individual approach to visual art. Taking a form and composition in mind, his canvases depict sea creatures, mostly fish. This fact might lead its critics to a conclusin, that sea fish is a major theme in Senol Saks work, however that conclusion might be quite one sided.
Semantic plan of his work actually has a large number of layers, of wich we are to specify only the most remarcable ones. There is no doubt that Sak is showing us the water world, the world of sea, and in its essence that is a fish. This water treasure is really fascinating and it poses itself as an inevitable explanation that Sak is trying to preserve a glance of that world for future generations.
That point of wiev is correct but it is to simple to stop here since semantics of his work are much deeper.
It is nescessary to emphasize that Sak is a very conscious artist both of art directions as well as other connectin fields (philosophy, aestetics, mistics etc.). He simply embraces a theory that life was concepted in water and that the essence of it is still there active.
While painting underwater world he is exploring pure essence of our existence.
Sak is well acquanted to mythology considering creation of the world. It has been created in contact of water and fire Being first solar principe, water came from caos and gave form to everything. Reflecting underwater conditions Sak paints through form at its source. In that manner his work receives a form, essence, true art.
At that point it is necessary to observe that the mere creation of work is as well a celebration of recreation of the world, contact of fire (his talent and inspiration) with water (art) that provides a form.
Use of color is an unique expirience. For some reason we can compare artists expirience with some contemporary art scenes in postmodern painting of today. We can observe a strong communication of his work with works of post modern colorists and expresive colorists of today. However in both cases Sak gives his own focus, his personal vison of color and above all his contribution to tracks in modern art, for Sak is not a follower, he is more of a silent leader, that through his work dictates directions of modern visual art. His colors carry energy, emotions but also
they think – carry a message and take part in plan of his work.
Compositons are perfect, as a reflection of absolute beauty, that is artists seek and find. This quest of/for beauty is artists mission an it has not changed since antic. We stil all seek for joy, love, harmony, eros... beauty.
Sak manages to build all this in his work and that is why his paintings are so magic and fascinating...

Nikola Kitanović

There are two known universes. The first one is the objective one, the one in which we live and breathe. The other one is woven by the artist's creation of emotions, color, mystery, and purity.
Sometimes the work is highly ambitious ...and at the same time so very quiet.
Şenol SAK is not pushing the boundaries; he is simply creating new borders. His artistic identity has naturally become a universal business card. SAK transpires the wisdom of his age, busy mind, rich subjectivities and diaries to his work via an aesthetic and plastic approach.
Whatever it is the artist creates, his sole purpose is to communicate, express himself. Both familiar and unfamiliar images in Şenol SAK’s art generate a new intellectual dialogue and aura with the audiences. This unique dialect makes its viewer feel introspective, excited, and boundless at the same time. And, yes, sometimes sad as well.
The audience encountering SAK’s fish images cannot escape from the vortex of emotions. We are in it now… and it is so easy to get taken in by his works of art.
His universe exists in spiritual and poetic dimensions. It is just as deep as the depth of the ocean; it is as endless as eternity.
SAK’s fish images are simply as free and sincere as fish, and that’s the beauty of it.

Prof. Dr. Alpaslan UÇAR
September-2012, Bolu, Turkey

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