REASON FOR HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE
Because of his contributions in art, therapy and marbling art with a new, profound and different, innovative concepts and due to his studies in transitioning the marbling art from traditional to futuristic point of view.
Hikmet Barutçugil was born in Malatya in 1952 and in 1973, he started his textile education at Istanbul State Fine Arts Academy, Applied Industrial Arts High School. In his first year of high school, he met Prof. Emin Barın and became his student. Due to the encouragement of Prof. Emin Barın, he became fond of calligraphy. Barutçugil realized his interest in marbling art during his studies in calligraphy and discovered his dynamism while he started his studies in marbling art as it captured his soul fully. During his student years, he continued his researches on his own and improved himself.
The artist, who always aims to see and develop marbling art as if it’s a scientific field, developed many products from everyday use tools to materials used in interior architecture as he believed in the need of life to sustain this art. He tried marbling art approaches that haven’t been tried before. In literature, he has been named the person who invented “Gunpowder Marbling Art”.
He gave lectures in Royal College of Art (London), Internationale Gesellschaft für Musik-Ethnologie und Kunsttherapie Forschung (Vienna), Otonom University (Madrid), University of Graz (Austria), Basel Paper Museum (Switzerland), University of Massachusetts (Boston, USA), Lok Virsa Museum'da (Islamabad) as well as in many other Art Academies. Hikmet Barutçugil is currently giving lectures in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Traditional Turkish Arts Department; Ebristan, Salacak (İstanbul Marbling Art House), TBMM National Palaces Traditional Arts Center and some other education institutes. Barutçugil who earned many international awards, he has artworks in London British Museum as well as in some of the world's famous museums. Hikmet Barutçugil is the first and only Turkish artist to receive the prize of “BEST OF THE BEST” in 2012 in Art in Action art festival organized by London School of Economic Science.
Besides Hikmet Barutçugil's many published interviews and articles, he has 24 books and the name of a few are; ‘Renklerin Sonsuzluğu’, ‘Suyun Renklerle Dansı’, ‘Suyun Rüyası Ebru’, ‘The Dream of Water’, ‘Efsun Çiçeği’, ‘Ebristanbul’, ‘Siyah Beyaz Ebru’, ‘O’nun Şefkati’, ‘Simetri’, ‘Battaldan Baruta Ebruvan’, ‘Ebristan’dan Yeşerenler’, ‘Türklerin Ebru Sanatı’, ‘Ebrulî Mardin’, ‘Hikmet Barutçugil Minyatür Kitap’, ‘Ebrularda Mardin’, ‘Dostluk Defteri’ ve ‘Traume auf Wasser (Almanca, İngilizce)’ , ‘Elif’ ve ‘Ebrunun Mermer Yüzü’, ‘The Dream of Water’, ‘Helsinki Sergi Katalogu’, ‘Esma-i Hüsna’.
In order to plan works that will inspire the artists of the coming centuries from this day, he transformed a historic mansion from the 1830s into a “museum gallery” that turns it into a house of Marbling Art.