The sports-themed artworks in contemporary Turkish painting

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Ataturk University, Güzel Sanatlar Enstitüsü, Resim Anasanat Dalı, Turkey

Approval Date: 2018

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Serdar YILMAZ

Consultant: Fevziye Eyigör Pelikoğlu


The aim of thesis titled "Sports-Themed Artworks in Modern Turkish Painting" was to analyzed the artistic reflections of the sports which has always played importatant role in peoples' lives in different cultures and civilizations for different purposes from the prehistoric ages to the modern times. First of all, in the art historical process, a causal relation has established between what the sports view is and what it means; second, the relationship between art and sports has examined in the works of artists, who created the sports-themed artworks specific to their art movement and time periods, by establishing the cause-effect relationship with social, political, cultural and economic developments. Finally, Art and sports have been transformed into supercritical elements that symbolize the ideal life by becoming natural needs throughout the ages. Today, both act as intermediaries for gaining social, national and international competitive status. Beyond being a recreational activity, art and sport are of great importance as 'production surplus (multifunctional) surplus value' and as disciplines requiring 'the distribution mechanism of product surplus'. When it is realized that there are common stakeholders in the functional sense and coordination with each other, art and sport have a very active role in raising social, political, cultural and economic awareness both in the context of society-individual and at national and international level. In conclusion, our thesis which examined the sports-themed works of arts in the contemporary Turkish painting, as theoretical, not only mediates the establishment of the field of practice created in the direction of the development of the level of artistic creativity, and draws attention to the need to develop a holistic view of increasing interest in art and sports.