Davut BEKTAŞ

 

He was born in the village of Akoluk of the Eke district of the province of Adana. He completed the primary school in his village and secondary and high school education in the Islamic Divinity Students High School of Adana. He was graduated from Istanbul Law Faculty in 1992.

He recognized the art of calligraphy during his high school years and decided to learn it. He was educated in the art of "sulus"by the deceased calligraph Yusuf Ergiin (Erzincan) for a short time .and he practiced the arts of sulus, naskh and rika under the direction of the calligraph Hasan Qelebi from 1982 onwards and was ratified by him as a calligraph in 1994. He examined the Works of the former masters, especially those of Sami Efendi and Hamid Bey and concentrated his examination on the "celi sulus" Works of the contemporary calligraphs. The calligraphic work of Sami Efendi in the public fountain in the New Mosque and the eulogy of Şevket Efendi named "Elif", one copy each of which he had taken from the master Mustafa Ugur Derman Bey has a special and seperate importance in respect of developing his calligraphic skills. Besides he practiced talik and divani under the direction of the deceased Prof. Dr. Ali Alparslan beginning from 2002 until his death.

He participated in many exhibitions at home and abroad. He has Works in many collections. Currently the artist only practices the art of calligraphy, which is his only occupation and brings up stidents.

Awards

He won the following prizes in the international calligraphy competitiobs organized by IRCICA which is affiliated to The Islamic Conference Organization: first prize in the branch of celi-sulus and merit prize in the imitation style of calligraphy in 1986; first prize in the branch of celi-sulus in 1986, first prize in the branch of sulus in 1993. He won the first prize in the 1st Calligraphy Festival of the Islamic World organized in Taheran in 1997. He also won an award with the plaque with which he participated in the 2nd international exhibition of the Arabic Art of Calligraphy which was organized in the city of Sarsa of the United Arab Emirates in 2006.

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