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Thetford Grammar School

Thetford Grammar School....

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

2008 Cafe Istanbul, Nova Scotia, Canada

Erkut Sumeli ordered NPP images reproductions for his new Cafe Istanbul in Nova Scotia, Istanbul. Below, making sure Ortakoy Rainbow Bridge is free of dirt or dust before rolling the image...


Kerem films me talking to camera with my paint-tube-microphone. We make a little film report to send to Canada.

Erdal collects the reproductions for his brother...

Tuesday 08 July 2008. Receive photos of the cafe...

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2008 British Council Calendar & Diary

The British Council produced a 2008 calendar and diary featuring photographs taken by Annabel Elston, English, and Muammer Yanmaz, Turkish, for a project called 40 Stations

The irony for me is I have never collaborated with the British Council before despite approaching them in the UK, Kuala Lumpur and Istanbul. Annabel took my photo about a year ago; I had to drag myself from my sick bed and below you can see me as January's jumping image. I was so ill that day...

2008 Suzer Plaza-Ritz Carlton

Suzer Plaza - Ritz Carlton New Year 2008
The Gokkafes image was again used for a card wishing recipients a happy New Year.

2002 Suzer Plaza-Ritz Carlton
The painting Spacecage was produced for the Mayadrom? Yeah! exhibition in 1999. It was later purchased and presented to the Suzer Plaza where it now resides.

Gokkafes Mavisi / Spacecage Blue was produced as part of the TBV43 Collection in 2001 and can be seen at the Bobrek Hastanesi Vakfi in Bakirkoy, Istanbul.

In 2002 the images were used for a Suzer Plaza - Ritz Carlton brochure presentation.

"I've come to regard the Gokkafes; the Space Cage, as an affectionate term for the Ritz-Carlton, one of the most recognisable landmarks of the Istanbul skyline. I first painted it in 1998 as construction cranes loomed above, over-looking the attractive Besiktas football stadium and uniquely located by the mighty Bosphorus. This controversial architectural statement symbolises the contradictions, dichotomies and progression of modern Turkey dragging herself up, up and away from the past. When ever I return to Istanbul, the Gokkafes is a solid, comforting and reassuring sight welcoming me home. I imagine at night, when no one is looking, this Gokkafes character opens its eyes with a gentle giant smile, checking all it purveys is OK."
Ned Pamphilon November 2006

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

2007 Istanbul Cow Parade

NPP collaborated with Tepe Nautilus shopping mall to be part of the Istanbul Cow Parade.
It is referred to on this blog as Moo Gaz
after one of the 3 cows produced...

Sunday, May 13, 2007

2007 Learning Turkish

“What could possibly matter more than to take a human being and change her into a different human being by creating a new speech for her? It’s filling a deepest gap that separates class from class and soul from soul.”
Professor Higgins, My Fair Lady (Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion)

Instead of teaching English to an Englishwoman, this psychological study in human behaviour aims at the teaching and the understanding of a foreign language, in this case Turkish, to that bastion of the island race caught in a linguistic desert: an Englishman.
LEARNING TURKISH : An Englishman in Istanbul? Yeah!

Friday, October 27, 2006

2006 Esenboga Airport

ATU commissioned a painting of Ataturk's Eyes to be installed within their duty free shopping area at the new Esenboga Airport at Ankara...
20061027 Eyes at ATU

Saturday, September 23, 2006

2006 Gelecegimizin Cokcuklari Vakfi

Saturday 23 September, NPP joined staff from BASF at the Gelecegimizin Cokcukları Vakfi school and hostel in the Fatih district of Istanbul to paint the buildings.

Click on NPP at GCV

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

2005 Sabiha Gokcen

March 8th is celebrated as Women’s Day in Turkey. To commemorate this NPP produced a portrait of Sabiha Gokcen; the world's first combat pilot...

Ali Koc purchased the portrait and presented it to Gulsah Celiker in recognition of a TV film documentary she had produced about Sabiha.

In this article you can still see the rainbow colours in the painting. I was later advised to paint them out for fear of offending some one. How one is offended by rainbow colours is not clear, but when in foreign parts do as the Romans do etc...How silly and I should have left the rainbow colours as they were in the photo below...

Sunday, September 28, 2003

2003 Poland? Yeah!

A first introduction to Poland was made by NPP August 2003, visiting Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Posnan, Sopot and Gdansk. Among the highlights was a trip to Gdansk Shipyard, origins of Lech Walesa and the Solidarity movement in the 1980’s.
NPP stumbled across Anete Szylak who was curating a performance art happening within the shipyard that evening. The highlight was a 9 hole round of golf by Canadian performance artist John G. Boehme.
NPP’s first Polish painting was My First Trip Through Poland? Yeah! which featured on the cover of the Autumn 2003 edition of Hotele, a business guide to Polish hotels produced by

My First Trip Through Poland? Yeah!
Istanbul 2003 acrylic on canvas 140cm x 100cm

Hotele guide front cover...

Gdansk Shipyard
Istanbul 2003 acrylic on canvas 78cm x 150cm

Krakow Buggies Ready To Go
Istanbul 2003 acrylic on canvas 70cm x 100cm

Warsaw Russian Market
Istanbul 2003 acrylic on canvas 70cm x 70cm

Party at the Polish Palace
Istanbul 2004 acrylic on canvas 44cm x 210cm

John Boehme playing golf inside Gdansk Shipyard

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

2002 Gol? Yeah!

A moment in Turkish sporting history

Gol? Yeah!
Istanbul 2003 acrylic on canvas 100cm x 175cm

The first Turkish goal in the World Cup Finals for 45 years - this was the moment when Hasan Sas dispatched the ball toward the Brazilian goal for Turkey’s opening goal during the 2002 World Cup Finals; a moment when a nation as a whole raised its game and began to believe in the possible.

It had been 45 years since Turkey had reached the World Cup Finals. Their first game of the 2002 tournament was set against the mighty Brazil, arguably the best national team in the world and World Cup Champions several times before. Few outside Turkey expected the Turkish side to do well, let alone compete for the final stages and eventually finish in a remarkable 3rd place. This goal was the beginning of an adventure which raised the expectations of a nation and made the rest of the world take notice.

When the team returned to Istanbul, the roads were lined with cheering crowds all the way from the airport to Taksim Square, pushing a half-hour journey nearer to 4 hours.

Sport is a fabulous common denominator, bringing people together despite background or circumstance. This one international footballing image captures a very special moment for The Turkish Football Federation, Turkey and its people.

NPP wanted this painting to go into a public space where everyday Turkish youngsters can be inspired to belief in the possible and that impossible is impossible. It was bought at an auction and today I don't know where it hangs.

Talking further on is well known to those close to NPP that Arsenal is the favourite team. In Turkey, every time this subject matter is broached, any Galatasarary supporting Turk is quick to point out the UEFA Cup victory their beloved Cim Com had over Arsenal - on penalties we hasten to add. NPP replies: who cares? It's not the Champions League!

When asked which Turkish team NPP supports, we remain diplomatic:

Gala-Bes-Bahce or Fen-Tas-Aray or Bes-Aray-Bahce
Spelt with Turkish font characters...
Gala-Beş-Bahçe or Fen-Taş-Aray or Beş-Aray-Bahçe.......

So much money is spent on national PR campaigns by the Ministry of Tourism & Culture yet not enough was done to ensure the most was made of Galatasaray's UEFA or the World Cup success. There are 70 million passionate football fans in Turkey, yet the game is run by an elite few who seem to neglect the potential benefits and interests of the popular majority.

And what is it with football that Europe, Asia, South America and most of the world get it, but the USA apparently doesn't? Even though the USA national soccer team gets better and better, still it is apparently not a majority sport.

Saturday, February 02, 2002

2002 TAV

In 2002, TAV, the managing company of Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, used the NPP image Where East Meets West for the production of calendars and mouse pads primarily for a Trade Conference in Berlin. Such an image is perfect for welcoming new arrivals within the airport terminal building.

Tuesday, January 01, 2002

2002 TASK Project Calendar

2002 TASK / TAY Project Calendar.

In 2002 the TASK Foundation (archaeological organisation) collaborated with NPP on a calendar featuring Istanbul? Yeah! imagery. Published by the corporate sponsors of the TAY Project and the TASK Foundation, the calendar promoted the vitally important work undertaken by the TAY Project and TASK to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of Turkey. Over 12,000 copies of the TASK / Istanbul? Yeah! Calendar were distributed with Power Magazine throughout Turkey.
NPP paintings feature lively scenes of Turkish street life, frequently incorporating buildings, sites and monuments of historical and archaeological importance to Turkey. These images, with their bold and imaginative use of colour, communicate the joy and energy of life in Turkey, make NPP imagery particularly suitable as a showcase for the fundraising campaign of the TAY Project and the TASK foundation.