Atanur Dogan is a Turkish-Canadian watercolorist and sculptor. He graduated from Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey. He is the best known for his portraits and figures. Atanur Dogan is the Founder and President of the International Watercolor Society (IWS), an institution founder to promote and unite watercolour art and artists to bring peace to the world in 2012. It has become one of the most active arts societies in the world and there are ower 100 countries with IWS branches.
Atanur’s paintings portray ordinary people going about their daily tasks, elderly men idling away time at a coffee shop, or characters involved in ancient Turkish customs. His figures emote both a sense of strength and poetry, especially reflecting emotions in the eyes and facial expressions. More recently, the subjects of his art are influenced by the people and cultures discovered in travels abroad In 2004, the Portrait Society of Canada selected Atanur Dogan, as one of five portrait artists, deemed best in the world. Atanur was also invited by the Portrait Society of Canada to be the demonstrating portrait artist at the “2004 International Portrait Arts Festival” held in Toronto. In 2009, the couple received the People’s Choice Award at one of North America’s largest art shows held at Toronto City Hall. He has participated in more than 250 exhibitions worldwide and gives workshops around the globe.