Alea Pinar Du Pre

Austrian Turkish painter Alea Pinar Du Pre was born in 1972. She is influenced deeply by the traditional fine art and design practices of Kunstlerhaus and Wiener Werkstaette, two artist societies with roots in Vienna, Austria. Between 1995 and 2005, she produced a series of cubistic oil paintings on wood picturing street scenes of Istanbul. In 2006 she developed her current technique in which she mixes digital art with ‘the real world’, a technique she calls media fusion.

Her technique also involves a fusion of materials, outlooks and diverse inspirations. Building on the synthetic intensity of digital art, her figurative style depicts a familiar but warped daily life. Her choice of materials - acrylics, printed elements, and layers of gilt captured under an epoxy lens - represents another aspect of the layered reality she aims to depict. Paying tribute to her main influences, Alea describes her style as "Jugendstil Pop-Art". But where Pop was stimulated by the iconography of materialism and the mass culture of its time, her vision is more intimate in its subversive intent.