There are four important periods in Hakkı Anlı’s paintings. During his years in Turkey, Anlı worked with a sense of objectivity and was inspired by Cezanne in regards to debth, color and volume wholeness. His portraits during this period went beyond the classical descriptive style and were rather directed towards the essential issues of painting. His different way of using light also set him apart from other artists.This was followed by a period of cubism.He became one of the most prominent representatives of cubism in Turkey. In 1954, at a period when he was mainly concentrated on cubism and deformed painting style, he moved permanently to Paris. Afterwards, he turned completely into abstraction and worked in a geometrical abstract manner. During those years, he approached to forms shaped by “light”. In those works where he captures the “moment” of abstraction, the concept of light takes on quite important issues of painting.
In Anlı’s paintings, where above all, he opposes the abstractions created in the viewers’ minds by forming light filled surfaces, he also utilizes light carried on by colors. As mentioned above, this period has been a turning point in Hakkı Anlı’s art life. In his “New Figuration” period, besides the paintings where figuresare transformed into semi-abstract images, the artist, within a mystical space and without losing his awareness of the basic strenght of design, created mostly one colored figure arrangements. During this period, the figures are mostly nudes formed with patches of color. In the erotic scenes where sexuality is emphasized, he worked the male and female bodies with a dynamic blotting style and with a harmony and simplicity which does nottransform into a story.
Museums and Special Collections, where the works
Central Bank of Turkey, Ankara.
Agricultural Bank of Turkey, Ankara.
Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum.
Auckland Art Museum, New Zealand.
Tel Aviv Museum, Israel.
Museum of Grenoble, France.
G. Guggenheim, New York.
A.mett are St. Gallen.
Rolf Habisreuting, Zurich.