CPS – ¿The Rest is History?

Research, planning tool and masterplan for Manifesta 8, Murcia and Cartagena, 2010

Esref Armagan

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Esref has no eyes but he makes pictures: This surprises you? A new psychology of pictures springs from a mysterious discovery:  an outline of a thing makes sense to touch and vision. Esref, from Ankara, never had eyes but he makes pictures. Using raised lines he sketches in outline, draws scenes in perspective, and invents picture metaphors.  To understand Esref, I will need to reconstruct art history, to bring to your mind assumptions you did not know you had, and to show you where those assumptions came from.

Professor John M Kennedy

Esref Armagan was born both unsighted and has never received any formal schooling or training; however, he has taught himself to write, print and paint. He receives no assistance or training from any individual.  CPS will present a series of his  3 point perspective sketches and paintings in MURAM,  Cartagena.


The following link is documentation of a  recent collaboration with Volvo in Sweden, where the artist was asked to create an image of one of its new vehicles.


1953, Istanbul. Lives and Works in Ankara, Turkey
Esref Armagan was born blind. He did intend to be an artist. His main interest in drawing was to try to make sense of the world around him as he heard about different objects, colours and sights. He started by feeling objects and then asking about their names, variety of colours and uses, anything to give him more information. He had little formal education and self-evidently, no art education. What he learned, he learned only by asking and through trial and error. Over the years he has developed different techniques to enhance his work. Besides black and white, he only uses five basic colours and does not use brushes. His work has been exhibited throughout Turkey and in many other countries, and he has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s The Real Superhumans.

Written by cpsman8

March 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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