The Sacrifice of the Model is a contemporary re-take of Caravaggio’s Entombment of the Christ, has been selected into the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2015 and has been exhibited in the Juniper Hall in Paddington
The model used in The Sacrifice of the Model, being held/worshiped by a bunch of renowned, Archibald Award finalist artists, has no name, the sacrifice does not know name. While some artists fear the death of the model in the composition, one is only concerned with her modern day narcissism. The true figure with true sadness is the mother, or from a Caravaggio-point-of-view Virgin/Holy Mary, embodied by the artist’s wife in Gokalp’s painting, perhaps because she knows true sacrifice and the true price/worth for the arts. More on this painting
Mertim Gokalp is a Sydney based artist of Turkish origin who has been recently granted a distinguished talent visa by the Australian Government to allow him to live and work in Australia. He moved to Sydney in 2009 and since then he has been working from his studio in Balmain.
Mertim’s training at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Academy, Istanbul, has prepared him well for a career in portraiture, and in the five years that he has been living in Sydney he has been selected as a finalist in all the top portrait exhibition. More on Mertim Gokalp
“As a contemporary portrait artist, I capture particular physical moments of people & places. Within these moments, I place myself as the narrator by reflecting the true psychological states of the subject onto certain objects, aiming to challenge and confront the viewers with their deepest feelings Less” Mertim Gokalp
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