Gallery: Mert Diner

History is embedded in its negation in Mert Diner’s paintings. Canvas cutouts applied on top, cover what’s underneath. Weave of raw canvas, rubbed with pigment, appears both ethereal and bare. Overpa

When I was moving to the new studio, the two meter painting didn’t fit up the stairs so I destroyed it. After that I made some work with the leftover pieces. I used pigment on raw canvas and attached the pieces on canvas. That was the starting point.

About the wood pieces: I found the wood in the building in an old atelier. I covered the surface in glue to keep the traces. Then applied paint and attached different pieces.

Mert is an artist living and working in Istanbul, Turkey. More of his work can be seen at

All images courtesy of the artist.