Uğur Gallenkuş

DIGITAL ART I COLLAGE

Uğur Gallenkuş is a digital artist, based in Istanbul. His collages captured worldwide attention by accentuating the widening global divide between privileged and oppressed, blending together misery and mirth, wealth and woe, love and sorrow. By providing an unflinching look at the realities surrounding us, he stepped on the path towards making the difference.

In 2015, the image of a drowned Syrian boy gripped the planet’s attention, giving a human face to the conflict which drove away so many people towards an uncertain fate. Turkey felt the full weight of human suffering, giving shelter to more than three and a half million refugees. Uğur Gallenkuş, an ordinary citizen living in Istanbul felt the need to act, to help, to make a difference: and he did it the best way he could – through his unique blend of expression. Today, the world knows Uğur as the artist behind the stories told through his digital collages. In reality, he is a business-school graduate leading an ordinary life when tragedy struck in Syria. He knew nothing about digital art, but he started learning about design programs from online sources. A white-collar worker by day turned into a self-taught digital artist by night. In fact, after all the success that happened, he still leads a simple life, working his daily job. He cannot explain what brought his artistic side so suddenly to the spotlight – everything happened as if by divine design, but nowadays his Instagram account has nearly 1 million followers and an average of 50k likes per post. He felt a purpose that could not be denied and saw how to start a unique conversation between two seemingly completely opposite scenes, and using Instagram as a tool to give his digital art visibility, he created an audience for himself that is absolutely engaged with his artworks and with his words.

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, 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24”x24” 2/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100 Editorial Photo: KM Asad
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Brick Library , 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24”x24” 2/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100 Editorial Photo: Diego Ibarra Sanchez
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Bathing at War, Bathing at Peace , 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24x24 inches 5/100 - 12x12 inches 3/100 Editorial Photo: Wissam Nassar
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Smoked Wine , 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24”x24” 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100 Editorial Photo: Ammar Suileman
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Duality View , 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24”x24” 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100 Editorial Photo: Diego Ibarra Sanchez
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Children are Children First – Seasaw , 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24”x24” 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100 Editorial Photo: Yasin Akgün
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Bomb Cream , 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24”x24” 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100 Editorial Photo: Mahmoud F. Ajjour 
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Wounded Girl with a Pearl Earring , 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24x24 inches 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100 Editorial Photo: Ammar Suleiman
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A Rohingya Refugee Mother and Child , 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24x24 inches 2/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100 Editorial Photo: K.M. Asad
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Hope-Less Girl , 2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper 24x24 inches 1/100 – 12x12 inches 1/100 Editorial Photo: K.M. Asad
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Uğur Gallenkuş

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24”x24” 2/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100

Editorial Photo: KM Asad

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Uğur Gallenkuş

Brick Library

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24”x24” 2/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100

Editorial Photo: Diego Ibarra Sanchez

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Uğur Gallenkuş

Bathing at War, Bathing at Peace

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24x24 inches 5/100 - 12x12 inches 3/100

Editorial Photo: Wissam Nassar

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Uğur Gallenkuş

Smoked Wine

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24”x24” 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100

Editorial Photo: Ammar Suileman

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Uğur Gallenkuş

Duality View

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24”x24” 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100

Editorial Photo: Diego Ibarra Sanchez

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Uğur Gallenkuş

Children are Children First – Seasaw

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24”x24” 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100

Editorial Photo: Yasin Akgün

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Uğur Gallenkuş

Bomb Cream

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24”x24” 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100

Editorial Photo: Mahmoud F. Ajjour 

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Uğur Gallenkuş

Wounded Girl with a Pearl Earring

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24x24 inches 1/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100

Editorial Photo: Ammar Suleiman

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A Rohingya Refugee Mother and Child

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24x24 inches 2/100 - 12x12 inches 1/100

Editorial Photo: K.M. Asad

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Uğur Gallenkuş

Hope-Less Girl

2019

New Media, archival print on Hahnemühle Fine-Art Paper

24x24 inches 1/100 – 12x12 inches 1/100

Editorial Photo: K.M. Asad

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