About Handy Queen
Born in 1976, this Istanbul-based artist began her career primarily as a jewellery designer, but she has since expanded her practice to include painting and mixed media artworks. Handy Queen is best known for her street art and pop art style acrylic paintings on collages made with old newspapers, old magazines and found objects related to the subject. Her artworks have also taken on more current themes, such as the dependence on technology and social networks, fashion industry, female identities, and celebrities in pop culture. As a prime example, her work Salvator Futurum is a reference to the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold at auction for a surreal record price. The astronaut is meant to represent the saviour of the future and the hand gestures and posture subtly recall the Da Vinci masterpiece. Her work hinges on the idea that every artist should be a storyteller and art should leave you with a little smile. To quote her: “I am a painter. My goal is to create unique and high quality art that can get a spark in the audience's head. My workshop is a place where I feel free and connected…"