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Micro-art and Mysticism

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Hasan Kale. All images courtesy of the artist.

Influenced by his native Istanbul, Hassan Kale creates works he calls “micro-art.”  The natural world is his canvas –  bugs, flowers, beans and seeds.  Asked how he learned to paint on such a small scale and what his influences were, Kale responded:

It all started with a challenge.  I wanted to test myself and determine how small I could draw a line. Then I began painting, preparing special mixes for each surface. I look for sienna and sepia color tones that are reflective of the mysticism of Istanbul.
God gave me a good eye, a good hand, and a good heart to create my work. I take pride in presenting my pieces in the best possible way. As a Turkish artist I am proud to paint my country’s symbolic figures in microsurfaces. Everything in life is my canvas. I seek to create a universal language.

You can find more of his work here.


Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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