Ege Islekel

We love the works of graphic designer and artist Ege Islekel. He combines classics in the art world with contemporary pop cultural trends. We sat down with him in Milan, Italy for a short interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in Turkey/Izmir. I studied interior design. While I was studying my bachelor degree I went to Alghero as an Erasmus Student for 6 months. After that I went to Hong Kong for an Urban Planning workshop. At that time I was not that much interested in photo manipulation artworks but I was doing some basic collages for my projects. After graduation, I moved to Milan, Italy to do my master in Interior Design. Now I'm a freelance interior designer and graphic artist.

You combine modern pieces with art classics. How did that start?
It started with my imagination and software knowledge. Because of my father, I went to the historical places in my childhood. I saw a lot of museums with all the historical details. Everything started at that time. I get inspired by these elements in all my design process. I still remember every detail.

Where did your interest in art come from?
My interest in art came from my grandfather. He is an art teacher. He was teaching me the famous paintings when I was 10 years old. He was reading to me the life of the painters and their paintings.

Who is your favourite artist?
Botticelli is one of my favourite artists because I like his painting skills and I can see the emotions in every face he paints. His paintings have powerful stories. For example the birth of Venus or Primavera. Each face has different emotions and each emotion describe different stories.

Do you have a favourite museum as well?
Musee du Louvre is one of my favourite museum so far. Not only because of the inside, but also the glass structures are so cool.

You did a collaboration with Gucci. How did you get in contact with them and do you have any other collaborations coming up?
It was one of the best experience in my design career. I had this experience in my first year of doing graphic design as a work. They contacted me through social media. It was a social media art project with Gucci Watches. I'm very satisfied with what I did for Gucci. After Gucci collaboration, I started to do many collaborations with other brands and it is still going on. These days I focus on my new jewellery brand while doing new collaborations. 

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