Biography

He was born in Kumkapı, İstanbul in 1960. He started at primary school İn Çağlayan. He moved to his home town in 1969 where is in east Turkey town called Altkoy. After having finished primary and secondary schools in his town than he came back to Istanbul In 1978, to continue his education and participated to the National Turkish Students Association (MTTB) for two years. Following the 1980 military coup, he did his military service in Nakkaştepe, Istanbul. After working as a substitute in a village in Refahiye, and then as a civil servant in a company affiliated with Sabancı Holding in Adana, he returned to İstanbul in 1987 and was involved in free accounting.

Thank to encourage of calligrapher Yusuf Sezer, he met Islamic calligraphy. He found the calligrapher Ali Rüştü Oran, who is student of the 20th century’s important calligrapher master Mustafa Halim Özyazıcı. He attended Hattat Ali Rüştü Oran’s Islamic calligraphy courses at Iskenderpaşa Mosque. Afterwards, on the advice of his teacher, he continued to study with calligrapher Ali Selçuk Erkurt in Çarşamba, Fatih. He has got his diploma (icazet) in these two scripts thuluth and naskh in 1990. Also he has benefited from calligrapher Ali Alparslan about "Talik" by continuing his course in the Suleymaniye Library.

He left the accounting business in 1990 in order to pursue his art in a Professional sense and opened a calligraphy workshop. He spent all his time on both his performance and spreading his art. In principle, he believed in the necessity of preserving the traditional structure of calligraphy and he didn’t give up his belief. He was against all kind of activities which give harm to the spirit of art.

He is a member of Turkey Works Owners Association of the Fine Arts (GESAM). He was awarded by Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the branch of Islamic calligraphy at the first and last competition he attended in 1997. As a result of the initiatives initiated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, he lead the official recognition of the representatives of the traditional arts and helped them to be ownership of artist’s cards. He held many solo exhibitions both in Turkey and abroad and gave conferences about Islamic calligraphy. He represented his country in international and artistic programs. His articles have been published in various newspapers and magazines. He published a book titled “Ruhi Hendese” about Islamic calligraphy art and its education. He brought the thuluth and naskh works of Hasan Rıza Efendi, one of the great calligraphers of the 19th century, to the benefit of art lovers.

He still continues his art activities with the aim of representing the calligraphy art in his best way.

Other than hundreds of his wall tablets adorning the walls of Friends of the Calligraphic Art, his artworks are:

  • Istanbul, Sultanahmet Yerebatan Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Pendik Ramazanoğlu Mahmud Sami Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Büyükçekmece Zeynel Abidin Mosque, the entrance door calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Fatih Karabaş Veli Mosque, some calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Esenyurt Yeşil Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Bahçeşehir Hacı Kamil Demiröz Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Eyüp Şeyhülislam Mustafa Efendi Madrasa Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Güngören Merkez Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Başakşehir Hayrettin Atmaca Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Gebze Recyclers Koop. Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Beykoz Şeref Yıldız Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Esenler Mimar Sinan Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Beylikdüzü Hz. Ebubekir Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Bağcılar Salih Kayıkçıoğlu Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Edirnekapı Ali Haydar Efendi Tomb calligraphy writings,
  • Istanbul, Zorlu Center Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Ordu, Örencik Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Sinop, Türkeli Merkez Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Mardin, Midyat, Çavuşlu Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Nurnberg Eyüp Sultan Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Gelnhausen Eyüp Sultan Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Stuttgart Quba Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Karlstadt Fatih Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Hainburg Beyazit Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Bremerhaven Merkez Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Villingen-Schwenningen Selahaddin Eyyubi Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Duisburg-Hüttenheim Yeni Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Bullay Yeşil Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Gelsenkirchen-Buer Nebevi Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Aachen Yunus Emre Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Deggendorf Selimiye Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Berlin Al Firdaus Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Lahr Ulu Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Germany, Kirchheim am Neckar Osmanlı Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Azerbaijan, Ağsu Nuran Hatun Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Belgium, Genk Fatih Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • France, Paris-Pontoise Sultan Ahmet Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • France, Montelimar Kültür Merkezi Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • France, Le Havre Fatih Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • France, Lyon Eyüp Sultan Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • France, Flers Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • France , La Cote Saint Andre Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • France, Albertville Fatih Merkez Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Swiss, Baar Fatih Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Netherlands, Den Haag Mimar Sinan Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Netherlands, Medemblik Fatih Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Netherlands, Oudenbosch Barbaros Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Netherlands, Terborg Mimar Sinan Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Netherlands, Mijdrecht Hakyol Mosque calligraphy writings,
  • Netherlands, Doetinchem Merkez Mosque calligraphy writings.
Gallery
Media
Contact

Post adress:

Zafer mahallesi. Çam sokak. No 9/7. Bahçelievler-İstanbul-Turkey.

Tlf. +90 5462313333

E-mail:

hattatselimturkoglu@gmail.com

info@hattatselim.com

   

 

Workshop: Click on the map for the "Kasımpaşa Classical Arts" address.