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Yesim Meltem Gozukara

“Painting is an alchemical journey, a constant search for the transformative qualities of thinking, experiencing, connecting and expressing, a perfect way of reflecting the joy of the poetic, dynamic and dramatic beauty of the nature around me”.


Born in Paris, in 1967, Yeşim studied Food Engineering at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara.  After moving to Melbourne in 1990, she pursued further studies, completing Post Graduate Study at the Swinburne University of Technology and Master of Science at the University of Melbourne.

Yeşim’s talent and interest in painting was recognised in her school years allowing her winning many youth art awards. A successful career in science, she always maintained a continuous engagement with her creative journey.  Attending workshops by notable artists allowed her to establish a strong foundation of knowledge and technical awareness in watercolour medium. Teachings by Anthony Sum and Tony Smibert, whose artwork combine both the Eastern and the Western techniques and philosophies significantly influenced her work.  These stimulating learning sessions give her powerful inspiration, direction, and the confidence to explore the use of vibrant colour, to freely and loosely apply the paint without any drawing, working quickly using wet-into-wet technique to ensure the freshness and the spontaneity of the medium.

Over the years, in addition to the tangible elements that inspired her, the fabric of the earth became a primary, deep-routed source of inspiration.  The patterns created on two colour sand beaches, the complex colonisation of lichens, the charm of moss covering trees and rocks, the low tide coastlines exposing sea weeds, and many other forms of texture and colour rich surfaces characterised by the weathering processes became an urge to paint the landscape. Wanting to capture these forms, shapes and patterns expressively in her paintings, she took a methodical approach in her experimental work, exploring the medium to open up to new and creative possibilities leading to developing her own unique style.

Yeşim’s texture rich paintings has been featured in eight solo and numerous group exhibitions which included the National Art and Sculpture Museum, Izmir, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. She won many awards including the "Best Watercolour Work Award under $1500 at the Camberwell Art Show (CAS) 2023, the “Best Non-Traditional under $1500” category award at the CAS 2021 Show and the AGRA (Australian Guild of Realist Artists) Medallion Awards at the Australian Art Excellence (2022, 2018). She was selected as a Feature Artist in various Rotary Exhibitions and selected to represent Australia in Fabriano in Aquarello, Italy.

She is currently continuing a full-time career as a senior scientist with the CSIRO, Melbourne.  Her artistic journey also continues in parallel in her home studio. She is also a passionate teacher and in demand to present demonstrations and workshops in Victoria and the interstate.

She is a member of Australian Watercolour Institute, Victorian Artists Society (VAS), Watercolour Society of Victoria (WSV) and signature member of the Australian Guild of Realistic Artists (AGRA).

Solo Exhibitions

2023 AGRA, Camberwell, Australia

2019 AGRA, Camberwell, Australia

2018 AGRA, Camberwell, Australia

2015 ArtShop Gallery, Izmir, Turkey

2011 State Arts & Sculpture Museum Gallery, Izmir
2001 Artium Gallery, Ankara, Turkey
1996 Dam Gallery, Ankara, Turkey
1993 Dam Gallery, Ankara, Turkey


Joint Exhibitions

Up to date many joints shows:  

2016 - 2023 Camberwell Art Show

2017 - 2023 Mornington Art Show

2017 - 2023 AGRA

2021 - 2023  Knox Art Show

2017, 2022, 2023  Whitehorse Art Show

2023 Sorrento Art Show

2020-2023 Australian Watercolour Muster

2022-2023 Fabriano in Aquarello

2013 2nd International Biennial - Izmir

2012 Incheon Culture & Art Centre, Korea
2010 Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Incheon Culture & Art Centre, Korea
2009 Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Victorian Parliament House, Melbourne
1999 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1998 Casula Power House Art Centre, Sydney
1997 Kabataş Culture Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
1996 Is Bank Art Centre, Ankara, Turkey
1996 Hotel Dedeman, Ankara, Turkey
1994 The Highway Gallery, Mount Waverley
1989 National Painting and Sculpture Museum Gallery, Ankara, Turkey


2024 Highly Commended - Mornington Art Show

2023 Camberwell Art Show, Best Watercolour under $1500

2022 Australian Art Excellence Medallion Award - AGRA

2022 Highly Commended - The Knox Art Exhibition 

2022 Best Work on Paper to $1500 - Whitehorse Art Show

2022 Highly Commended - AGRA Spring Exhibition

2022 Best Watercolour - Mornington Art Show

2021 Best Watercolour - Knox Art Show

2021 32 Best in Australian Watercolour Muster

2021 Camberwell Art Show - Best Non Traditional under $1500

2021 Splash 21 Magazine: The Best of Watercolor

2021 2nd Prize & Highly Commended - AGRA Winter Exhibition

2020 2nd Prize Winner - AGRA Winter Exhibition 

2019 Highly Commended - Mornington Art Show

2019 Commended - AGRA Summer Exhibition

2018 Highly Commended - AGRA President's Challenge on Climate

2018 Best Painting - AGRA AAEA Kevin A. Taylor Medallion Award 

2018 Best Painting - AGRA Winter Exhibition

2018 Winner - AGRA Autumn Exhibition

2017 Highly Commended - Berwick Great Art Show

2012 People's Choice Award - CSIRO


  • Masters of Science in Microbiology - Melbourne University

  • Post Graduate Study in Industrial Chemistry - Swinburne Technical University

  • Food Engineering - Middle East Technical University

Attended Workshops 

  • Anthony Sum,

  • Tony Smibert,

  • Herman Pekel,

  • Linda Kemp,

  • David Taylor, 

  • Ross Patterson,

  • John Orlando Birt,

  • Alvaro Castagnet.


  • Australian Artists Magazine August 2018 No. 410 

  • The Best of Watercolour Splash Magazine 21 

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