‘The Four Elements’: new exhibition from Tezhip artist Nagihan Seymour

Artist Nagihan Seymour returns to The Lightbox with a new solo exhibition ‘The Four Elements’, which runs for a fortnight from Monday, 25 May.

Through artworks that include paintings and ceramics, Seymour explores the classical elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire, which were believed by the ancient Greeks to explain the nature and complexities of all matter.

Incorporating natural pigments and precious metals into her artworks, Seymour uses each wall space of the gallery to symbolise one of the elements.

She draws inspiration from nature, seeking to stylise the infinite and complex natural world and apply this in her stunning geometric patterns and symmetrical designs using naturalistic floral ornamentation with simple expression.

Gold is the main material used in the paintings, complimented with acrylic, gouache and watercolour paints on handmade and treated papers. Her paintings are free, hand-drawn and painted incorporating 11 to 24 carat gold.

Seymour is renowned for Tezhip, the art of Turkish or Ottoman illumination and sacred non-figurative decorative geometry.

Originally a materials engineer, she has practiced Tezhip since her university years, studying this traditional artform in her hometown of Istanbul.

After her first solo exhibition at The Lightbox in 2017, she became a full-time artist painting and creating ceramics from her studio in Horsell, Woking.

Artist Nagihan Seymour


Exhibition Details

Exhibition title: The Four Elements

Exhibition dates: Monday 25 May 2021 to Sunday 6 June 2021

Venue: The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4AA

Opening times: 10.30am to 5pm*

Admission: free of charge, but the venue suggests a donation of £3 to help towards costs.

*Entry: Due to Covid-19 regulations, the Lighthouse is limiting the number of people inside the venue at any one time. Visitors wanting to view an exhibition in the Main and Upper Gallery spaces should pre-book a timeslot by either visiting the venue website or calling 01483 737837 ahead of their visit.

Visitors can arrive at any time within their allotted timeslot, but must vacate the galleries before the next timeslot begins. Upon their arrival at The Lightbox, they should check in at the Meet & Greet table by the front entrance before heading up to the galleries.

More info: for the venue, click here. For more information about the artist, visit her website or Instagram account nagihanseymour.