Mehmet Güleryüz: "My travel sketches are the most sincere
of all my work".
Mehmet Güleryüz says that the drawings he makes
in his sketchbooks when he is travelling are influenced
by daily life. Whether I am drawing the view of
a city from a hotel balcony in Warsaw, or people
on a village street in Anatolia, I am inevitably
influenced by the atmosphere of the place where
I happened to be and the emotions of people at that
moment, he says. Güleryüz is an artist whose life
is pervaded by art. He prefers handmade and distinctive
sketchbooks that he buys from the places he goes,
and uses pencils and inks that he finds there. This
is one of the main factors in his drawings reflecting
the region where he happens to be. For example,
in Italy he purchased a handmade sketchbook from
Monte Pulciano and drew with ink obtained locally.
In this way Mehmet Güleryüz create sketchbooks that
belong entirely to the places he travels to.