Portrait of a Lady, gouache on paper, signed lower right, framed, 62 x 48cm (24 7/16 x 18 7/8in).
Provenance: Private Turkish collection; acquired in 1983.
Whilst at the Istanbul Academy Orhan Peker studied under Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and upon leaving was heralded as a fine talent with a great deal of potential.
The majority of Peker's works he intended to reproduce in children's books and often feature whimsical subjects such as cats, horses and cows set against monochrome or block-colour backgrounds.
These were executed in a naive style which conveys a sensitive and tranquil nature. The artist's oeuvre also consisted of a range of still lifes, portraits and landscapes, also executed in a naive fashion.
Unfortunately very few of his stories were published and upon his death in 1978 many of them were dispersed amongst collectors and dealers.
References: Wijdan Ali (ed.), Contemporary Art from the Islamic World, 1989, London, pp.277-278