The thrilling adventure of watercolors started some 30,000 years ago on the walls of prehistoric caves. In 1994, three amateur spelunkers at Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, in the Ardéche region of Southwestern France, stumbled upon the worlds oldest watercolors. Covering the walls in front of them were paintings of buffalo, bears and reindeer all painted with uncanny realism.

Watercolors, made of crushed pigments mixed with Arabic paste and water, gradually got wider in color spectrum. In the 4th century, watercolors were used on different canvasses made from wood bark, silk, and finally on tougher rice paper.

Watercolor artwork spread around the whole world, starting with Persia, India, Japan and China. Some of the worlds most famous artists such as Boticelli (1470), Da Vinci(1497), Albert Durer(1503), Cezanne, Turner and John Sell Cotman explored the magical reflections of watercolor.

Turkish watercolor started with miniaturists and continued to grow during the administrative reforms era with our painters Hoca Ali Riza, Osman Hamdi and others. A fundamental, distinguishing quality of watercolor painting, which also makes it more difficult to master, is its transparency.

I have no doubt that watercolor painting, which requires thinking fast, moving fast and keen senses, will continue to be magical and everlasting.