Özlem Sorlu Thompson

In Belsize Park, Özlem paints in the house where Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson both worked, just before the Second World War. Originally from Istanbul Özlem loved to paint from an early age and was deeply influenced by the variety and depth of artistic creativity throughout the cultures of the Mediterranean region, from the ancient monuments of Ephesus to the colourful traditional woven handicrafts from the East of Turkey.

Moving to London in 2015 she began to refine her artistic style, while her background in Biology, Botany and passion for science provided a broad conceptual palette.  Always curious about and inspired by nature, Özlem  focused on the joy of works featuring natural scenes and imaginary worlds.  She creates an idea, mixing it with her feelings and daily experience of life in which she is constantly exploring her love of classic cinema and literature, resulting in works with boundless vitality and joy.

Since 2018 Özlem has taken part in various exhibitions around the world, in New York, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK among many others and also appearing in print and online.  Her publication include in Capsules Book, ‘Leaders in Contemporary Art’, (Australia), The Art Folio Annual Art Book ‘World’s Most Exciting Artists’ (USA), House and Garden Magazine, and the ‘Covart’ Project in the Copelouzos Family Art Museum, (Greece).  Her awards include ‘Best in Show’ in Texas, ‘Honourable Mention’ award in Tokyo and Precious magazine ‘Top Ten’ awards in Hong Kong.

In 2022 she participated as one of seven artists selected to create giant fibreglass eggs to celebrate the late Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Silver Jubilee by Elephant Family, a wildlife charity run by the Royal Family.

Özlem is constantly creating and sending her work to global collectors.

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