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Princess's 118th Birthday

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In case you missed it, today is the 118th birthday of Turkish artist, Princess Fehrelinissa Zeid. She was famous for her extraordinary large-scale abstract paintings that were created with kaleidoscopic patterns.

What’s that?...kaleidoscope is an optical technique that sees two or more reflecting surfaces tilted to each other in an angle, so that one or more (parts of) objects on one end of the mirrors are seen as a regular symmetrical pattern when viewed from the other end, due to repeated reflection.

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Painting by Fehrelinissa Zeid

Fehrelinissa born in January 7th 1901, had a unique way of creating art that blended elements of Islamic and Byzantine art together. Her artistic talents ranged from drawings, paintings, sculptures and lithographs. As a princess born in Turkey, when Turkey was still the Ottoman Empire, her destiny was to become an artist coming from a long line of artists in her background. Back then it was rare for woman to become as successful as she was.

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Art By Fehrelinissa Zeid

 

She was one of the first female students to attend Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. After years of studying higher education in several cities she quickly became a very successful painter in the 1930s. Her artwork was a reflection of culture that saw Islamic, Byzantine and European influences. In her later days she painted many portraits that used the optical illusion technique that produced amazing art work that is still famous today. Fehrelinissa sadly died in 1991 but her art still lives on. Check out this video that displays many examples of her beautiful art work and also gives you a quick history lesson on the inspiring artist herself.

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Feeling a little more then inspirsed now and wanna see more incredible art??? The Port Lincoln Art Prize Awards night is on this Thursday 10th of January with over 60 local entries to view that'll get your artistic juices flaring! Head on down to the Nautilus Arts Centre for the offical opening at 7pm and support some of our very own local artists!