Yesim Meltem Gozukara
Born in Paris, in 1967, Yeşim studied Food Engineering at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She then completed her further studies with the Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne.
Yeşim’s ambition to paint started at a very early age and enabled her to win many young artists awards. She received her first tuitions from Osman Oral and Vural Yurdakul. She then attended workshops of many notable leading artists such as Herman Pekel, Anthony Sum and Tony Smibert.
Yeşim finds an intimate joy and excitement in creating dynamic, spontaneous and expressive paintings in her favourite medium watercolour. Working mainly in wet-into-wet technique, her passion for the medium thrives by constantly exploring, experimenting and incorporating exciting textures found in nature. She predominately draws inspiration from the landscapes and seascapes that she has travelled and sketched.
Yeşim works as a senior experimental scientist while concurrently pursuing her art with passion. She is a multi-award winning artist in Victoria, including the AAEA Kevin A. Taylor Medallion Award. She held six solo exhibitions and has participated in many prestigious art shows which included the National Arts and Sculpture Museum, Izmir and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. She regularly runs workshops, invited to give demonstrations at prestigious art shows and also teaches watercolour at the Camberwell Community Centre and the Victorian Artists Society. She is a signature member of the Australian Guild of Realistic Artists (AGRA), Victorian Artists Society (VAS) and the Watercolour Society of Victoria (WSV).
Yeşim’s paintings have been represented in many overseas and Australian private collections.