Turhan Selcuk

   Turhan Selçuk was born in Milas in southwest Turkey in 1922. His first cartoons were published in Türk Sözü in Adana and Kırmızı Beyaz ve Şut in İstanbul in 1941. In 1948 he started working as a cartoonist for Şaka, Akbaba, Tasvir and Aydede, and the following year joined Yeni İstanbul newspaper, for which he wrote a series of articles on the history of caricature as well as drawing cartoons. He adopted the “humour in line”concept of the American cartoonist Saul Steinberg, and contended that “graphic humour” was the universal narrative of caricature. The first exhibition of Seçuk`s work was held in 1951, and in 1952 he and his brother İlhan Selçuk began to publish the comic magazine 41Buçuk, the first publication of the 1950 Generation.


 In 1953 he published the comic magazine Karikatür, followed in 1954 by his first book, the Turhan Selçuk Caricature Album. The same year he joined Milliyet as the newspaper`s main cartoonist. This was the time when his style of caricature began to settle into the geometric aesthetic which gained momentum in another comic magazine which he and his brother published entitled Dolmuş. In 1957 he commenced drawing the adventures of his celebrated comic strip hero, “Abdülcanbaz”, in Milliyet. A selection of his latest works were published in 140 Karikatür in 1959, and in 1960 he became a contributor to the Italian comic magazine II Travaso. In 1961 he began to draw for the weekly political journal Yön, and over the decade published three albums: Turhan 62 in 1962, Hiyeroglif in 1964 and Hal ve Gidiş in 1969. He returned to Yeni İstanbul in 1969, transferring to Akşam the same year. In 1972 he began drawing weekly panoramic political caricatures for Cumhuriyet newspaper. In 1980 he returned to Milliyet. He still works for Cumhuriyet newspaper.


His 50th jubilee was celebrated by the thirteenth exhibition of his caricatures in 1992. The same year an exbition of his work entitled “Human Rights” toured several major European cities (Strasbourg and İzmir, 1992: Nürnberg, Dortmund, Duisburg, Stuttgard, Mannheim and Munich, 1993; Leipzig Skopja and Nicosia, 1994: Frankfurt, 1995).

turhan-selcuk-karikaturleri Turhan Selcuk has won many Awards and many Achivements along his Careers in many important Journals and Festivals.  His works are in museums of caricature in the United States, Canada, Italy, Bulgaria, Switzerland and Poland.Š

 09/02/2005  Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts¼br />  04/12/2003  A Sanat artgallery
09/06/2003  Istanbul Painting & Sculpture Museum