A crystalline chandelier time in Istanbul; Orhan Omay

About a year ago, on April 27, 2021, when the number of cases was 43,301 and the number of deaths was 346, on one of the days when the pandemic was at its strongest, I had the courage to ring the bell and succumbed the curiosity about the wall painting, which I saw as a silhouette in the apartment, on the way out of my house and on the way to the market in Fatih. There was a lady I spoke to from the window who opened the door for me and with all her kindness allowed me to take photos, which didn’t find it strange as I was expecting to see the mural during this epidemic that Nieder turned our psychology and order upside down. As it was the pandemic time, we could not talk about the date and history of the painting. Taking the picture I saw that this was not a mural but an oil painting on wood mounted within the wall frame of the apartment. The majority of these paintings that I took in Fatih are landscape compositions. In the life of the Turks, the passion for nature has been reflected in miniatures since the 16th century; In the further course, depictions of landscapes gradually formed the first examples of canvas painting. While the density of figureless landscape paintings is striking in Fatih, figurative European wall paintings can be seen in Şişli. This is also a sociological phenomenon that can be read in an interdisciplinary manner.

When I was in the book preparation process of Illustrated Istanbul Apartments these days, I saw that due to the pandemic, I could not speak to the residents of the apartment and that they were missing the stories of some painters. The hard-to-read and hard-to-read photos I took on April 27, 2021 Orhan Omay Looking for his signature, I only came across the name Orhan Omay, known for giving the Istanbul Boys High School emblem its present form in 1938, but not much came to mind. When I went back to the apartment this week and wanted to ask the name of Orhan Omay and the history of the pictures in the apartment, the person who remembered that day and me was a lawyer who served as Deputy Speaker of the Grand National Assembly served Turkey. Ayşe Nur Bahçekapılı I realized it was so.

We remembered this day with a smile with Mrs. Ayşe Nur. This time, when he had the opportunity to talk at length in the entrance hall of the apartment, Ayşe Nur Hanım and her sister Prof. DR. Eva Tulin Polatla After passing the beautification chapter of “old Fatih”, I asked about the history of the paintings. Mrs. Tülin described these days as follows:

“My father Hasan Sefik Bahçekapili and his brother Temel Ziya Bahçeclosed He had this family home built in 1953. Orhan Omay Bey was a friend of my father’s. The picture has been here since the day we moved into the apartment. Today we continue to live here as a family apartment. Over the years we have always been careful to preserve the paintings during the maintenance and whitewashing processes of the apartment.”

Ayşe Nur Hanım and Tülin Hanım said that the paintings have been worn out over the years due to various reasons (We can list these factors as sun rays, dust, small creatures, mold-like bacteria, color chemistry and chemical changes in the varnish), and that they have been around for a long time thinking about the pre-restoration and cleaning of the paintings and rejoicing that for the first time in years someone is coming and researching the paintings found in the family home. I’m very happy with it too.

After learning that the paintings were made by Orhan Omay to get detailed information, Deputy Principal of Istanbul Boys High School Murat AkdasI had a meeting with On the occasion of its 125th anniversary, the school published the book “Billur is a Chandelier, Time in Istanbul High School…125 Years 1884-2009”, created by Istanbul Boys’ High School Education Foundation and donated to Orhan Omay a Book with the edition number “1003” with the school number. .

Since Orhan Omay himself saw and approved the part of the book reserved for him, I publish the photos I have accessed from the Istanbul Boys’ High School Foundation images according to the flow of writing without touching them.

Orhan Omay (IEL 1938), known for giving the Istanbul Boys’ High School emblem its current form and holding a special place in the hearts of all who love yellow and black, was born on 17th April 1938. May 1917 born in Adana. Orhan Omay, who started his elementary education in Adana and completed his elementary education in Istanbul, began studying at Istanbul Boys’ High School in 1931. Orhan Omoy, one of the students of Celal Ferdi Gökçay, the legendary principal of Istanbul Boys’ High School, is a student of yellow and black color, has a fondness for Istanbulspor, is interested in scouting and football at school, is known for this interest drawing caricatures of his friends and teachers and is referred to by his school number 1003. Orhan Omay, whose interest in painting and caricature began at school, made the teacher’s caricature book for the years 1936-1937. In 1938, the emblem of the Istanbul Boys’ High School, designed by Nejat Sirel, one of his older brothers, with Arabic letters remained true to its present form.

The coat of arms in Arabic script designed by Nejat Sirel in 1917.
Coat of arms designed by Orhan Omay in 1938.

Orhan Omay tells the story of drawing the IEL crest.

After graduating from Istanbul Boys’ High School, Orhan Omay entered the Graphics Department of Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts and graduated from the “Higher Department” with first place in 1944. Aware of the difficulty of making a living from drawing, Orhan Omay, a Fine Arts Academy graduate, begins working as a teacher at Adana Girls’ High School. Adana Teacher High School is among the schools where he teaches. While in Adana, he connects his life with Ms. Jale. (1947)

Orhan Omay, who started working in the Istanbul National Educational Printing Office affiliated with the Ministry of National Education in 1950, became the fifteenth head of the Printing Office founded by İbrahim Müteferrika. Meanwhile, he took first place in a stamp design competition organized by the Red Crescent, both of his works were admired, but when officials explained that they could not award both first and second place to one person, he left that Copyright on him second work on Kızılay, so both stamps were printed. It is sent to Germany by the Ministry between 1960-1962. After returning to Istanbul, he opened seven personal exhibitions of paintings. Orhan Omay, who never left his school and takes great joy in serving, designs the cover of the book specially prepared for the 75th Anniversary of Istanbul High School for Boys (1959). He draws the 75th anniversary stamp, again for the 75th anniversary, and a similar stamp he designed for the school’s 120th anniversary (2004).

He also owns the cover design of the book, which tells the story of the Istanbul High School for Boys and was written in 1964 by the famous historian Enver Behnan Şapolyo. After leaving the printing shop, he devoted himself more to painting. With his immortal work Istanbul Boys High School Emblem, he erects a throne in the hearts of all Istanbul Male High School students.

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