The characters depicted in his paintings range from bizarre to creepy to beautiful to mysterious to sneaky to seductive to funny to evil to freakish, and he paints them in a style that is neat, tidy, clean, clear, and concise. You'll notice a lot of recurring motifs in Levent's works such as roses, eye masks, cloudy blue skies, round trees with intricate branches, high rise buildings, face paint, cats, birds, rabbits, and more.
I'm now going to post 30 of my favourite works by Levent and give you my two cents worth on each of them. Before I start, I want to mention, because I'm sure you'll want to know, that my favourite of the recurring Isik trademark themes are:
1-- the cloudy blue skies (see paintings 3, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 21, 28),
2-- the black eye masks (see 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 19, 22, 25, 27), and
3-- the high rise buildings (see 4, 15, 17, 22).
Behold the coolest art you'll ever lay your eyes on. Levent Isik knows how to have fun; this is evident in the entertaining fruits of his labour. Thank you, Levent, for providing your fans with happiness through your art.
I hope you will all appreciate his work as much as I do.
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reat joy in telling everyone, whether or not they care, that the face paint design on the baby in this painting was inspired by a face paint job done on yours truly a few years ago on Canada Day in Ottawa. It was supposed to be the maple leaf from the Canadian flag, but something, somewhere, between the face painter's hand and my face, went horribly wrong, and I ended up with this creepy design. This painting is dear to my heart, but not only do I love it for the face paint design, I also happen to be a baby fanatic! I think all babies are adorable and this little guy with his snake is no exception. Bless his diabolical little soul.
There is absolutely nothing in the entire universe that is cooler than this work of art. 'Nuff said.
6. THE ARTIST AND HIS MODEL
Perfectly crafted as usual, this painting is clever, neat, and tidy. I love its meticulous attention to detail... from the rug to the painting within the painting, to the model, to the artist, to the drapes... it is so balanced. It makes me relaxed to look at the model's head and arm position. That is how I place my arm around my head after I lie on my pillow and prepare to sleep.
7. THE SAND MAN
Did someone mention sleep? *yawn* How sweet is this one? Who was that winged masked man? He was the Sand Man. He brought you sleep after you made yourself comfortable under your floral printed blanket. To sleep, perchance to dream. So peaceful.
Just another day in the life of the beautiful snake-charmer, Serpentina. The snakes all want a piece of her, but she's not having any of it! I love the green snakes against the dramatic black background in this painting. Teeth and tongues are terrific.
9. THE HYPNOTIST
The starry blue background with the red, yellow, and green framing works perfectly with this painting of a hypnotist and his subject. We've all been there...
10. MISTRESS IN THE SHADE
Mistress in the Shade is so lovely sitting up on her gentle elephant friend. I'm a sucker for beautiful cloudy skies, and this painting features an AWESOME cloudy sky in the background. The green of the grass and the umbrella sets the whole thing off perfectly.
11. THE RED TRAIN
The jagged wood used in this work gives it a "peeking out through a hole" effect that works really well. There's my awesome cloudy sky in the background; and, in the foreground, a beautiful girl with a long red train flowing down from her head. The train divides the scene in two, the girl in the lower half and a bird in the upper half. I'm guessing the person peeking out on these visions of delight longs for what he sees: the companionship of the beautiful girl and the freedom of the bird. It's simply brilliant.
12. TIGER GIRL
13. WASP WOMAN
14. THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES
15. THE PEEPING TOM
The man in this painting reminds me of filmmaker Russ Meyer. Everything about him screams it, from his face to his clothes to his obsession with women... he will always be RM to me. This painting's starry sky, windows in the buildings, and colourfulness all contribute to its obvious beauty.
16. THE COFFEE SHOP
This painting takes me back to my childhood and I like that. These women are 2 little girls having a tea party in their little playhouse in the backyard. I love the pink and green dresses, the purple walls, ceiling and floor, and the little chairs. The heavenly clouds and the checkerboard tablecloth make the whole thing visually stunning.
These women, too, remind me of little girls. Their adult friendship is no different from the friendship of any two little girls playing together, sharing their dollhouses with one another. The curved wood of the buildings frame these neighbours so nicely and, oh my, there are those delectable clouds again!
18. THE COCKTAIL DRESS
19. CAT FIGHT
21. WATER NYMPHS
Bathing beauties lovingly framed with a different coloured rose in every corner. I love the cloudy sky, snowy mountain, and muddy banks in this work. It's such a charming and serene piece, and so pretty!
Shhh. There is so much mystery in this one, partly because of all the black and white in it. Love the way they're standing and the buildings in the background.
How sweet it is to be loved by Frankenstein's monster... This one is about LOVE, innocent and pure. For further emphasis on the love being expressed here, refer to heart shaped lines in background...
Numbers 24-30 on my list all share something in common. They each feature the depiction of a different bizarre trio of characters. This work features a button in the bottom right corner that, when pressed, causes the green guy to spank the woman. Kitty is grinning. The cards, the madness, it's all wonderful there in Wonderland! Oh, Alice!!
25. THE EMERALD ROOM
Enter if you dare!
26. SECTION 5
This painting is the work of genius. I like it not only because I have a weakness for ventriloquists, I like it also for the positioning of the woman and the bear. Outstanding!!!
This is one of my top 5 favourite Isik works. Let's see now... a jack-in-the-box with a marvelously colourful neck and a masterfully crafted face made from a crushed can of hair spray... a free floating bunny... and a woman in karate chop stance. Of course! Why didn't I think of that? It's almost too good to be true.
It's so blatantly obvious what's going on here, I won't insult anyone's intelligence by spelling it out. (yes, the star...)
Back to Wonderland we go! I love this striped whiskered beast and I want a little man to hold my hand. Look out for the playing cards! This is so nice and bright.
What a great starry starry night. Halloween brings out the evil in everyone. I'm not sure which costume is the most creepy here: Dracula, Frankenstein, or the happy bunny. But I AM sure that if they ever come ringing my bell on Halloween night, I will run away screaming.