Welcome to Yikici

Ozlem Yikici is a British-Turkish female artist, based in London UK, on a mission to create curious – boundary challenging artwork to highlight and encourage you to ‘Be YOU, in a world where we’re expected to ‘fit-in’.

A word from the artist: Welcome to YIKICI. I’m Ozlem, artist & poet, at heart. A creative soul. It gives me much joy to create artwork for you and your loved ones to enjoy. I hope these creations will bring a smile to your face and open up curious thought and possibilities to escape into another world when you need a moment to pause and take a breath.

The Lesnes Abbey Collection

Artist’s Statement

Ozlem Yikici is a multidisciplinary artist, predominantly working with oil paints and watercolour. She explores the relationship of abstract forms within a landscape setting. Experimenting with the Surrealists technique of automatic drawing to elicit a responsive way of creating and viewing. Her fascination in working this way started when studying at university. She took the humble doodle, a 1 x 1 inch sketch, and elevated it into a big Lifesize sculptural painting, see: A Doodle. From which point she started to superimpose doodles onto landscape imagery to juxtapose meaning of what was being viewed. The Earthquake Series is an example of this way of working, where the doodles are a metaphor for the earthquake; a debris, disrupting the visuals of a beautiful landscape setting.

Over the years her curiosity in translating the immediacy of the erratic doodle pen-work into oil-paintings became her focus. Creating form, redirecting the energy of the doodles to convey expression and emotion. This, developed over time, as she started to work with watercolour paints. The fluidity of the paint and brushstrokes captured the essence of immediacy within the pen-work she was seeking. Combining colour and automatism, she explores abstraction within landscape settings. This curiosity of capturing the essence of doodling using automatism brought an understanding of intuitive artwork. The ability to turn energies into paintings. Aura portraits. By capturing the essence of auras she has been able to create a different kind of portrait, inner world portraits. This discovery has led her to think about parameters and the boundaries put on us in society. How ‘boxed-in’ we are, that certain rules, regulations, and procedures need to be followed. […]

I saw YIKICI’s art online some years ago and fell in love with it. I love the way that her figurative art includes more abstract elements or non-realistic colours, so that through it you look at the world in a very different way. When the opportunity arose to commission a painting from her I jumped at the chance. YIKICI took one of my own photos of the rainforest and turned it into a glorious explosion of colour. I am very happy with the result and with the whole experience. Would love to commission another painting at some point, when I can find more wall space…

Phil Ivens
Christmas Advent Day 1: Colourful abstract impression of the Borneo Rainforest. Expressionistic colours.
Rainbow Forest | Oil on Canvas, 500 x 700 mm, 2018

I’ve had my Inner World portrait on the wall for a while now and keep finding different things to love about it! It was a fascinating experience – I had a Zoom call with Yikici, who is lovely to chat to and she was gaining a sense of my personality and painting as we talked.
The finished piece is perfect. The colours are beautiful and very ‘me’ and I keep seeing different aspects of things that are important in my life within the swirls and marks. Sometimes it reminds me of my love of music… sometimes it’s like a walk through a forest in a dream.
Thanks so much Yikici – very skilfully done!

Charley Hellier
Inner World Portrait
Charley Hellier’s Inner World Portrait, Watercolour, 2021

All available artwork can be found in my website shop

Below is a selection of my various works, from PenWork to Oil Paintings and gift ideas. To view all the artwork in the range, search the relevant type of artwork via the shop menu or click on the images below.


The Energy Trails

Watercolour & Gouache Paintings

Oil Paintings

Spread the cost

If you’d like to spread the cost, instalment plans are available through PayPal (details can be found at the checkout), alternatively you can contact me and we can discuss other instalment options for you.

Open Edition & Limited Edition Giclée Prints

Coming soon. Join the waiting list for when the limited edition prints are announced.

Contact me for print sizes not available in store, we can discuss the options available and place a special order for you.

Yikici’s art is playful and powerful. You can tell it comes from the heart. I have a set of her coasters and they brighten any cup of tea. I notice them all the time and smile. Highly recommended for a gift to yourself or others.

Miriam Nash

Gifts for quirky & curious souls

Recently Sold

Thank you, Oz, for my lovely Inner World portrait, it’s stunning and so nicely displayed in the mount board frame. It was very professionally done, beautifully packaged, and I loved the details such as the Certificate of Authenticity and the care instructions.
It was such a lovely experience. We did it over a zoom call at a time that was convenient for me – one hour of relaxing music and conversation, while I doodled in my sketchbook and Oz worked her intuitive magic. She’s so easy to talk to and we also enjoyed some very comfortable silences while we focused.
Oz’s portrait shows the auras and messages that she receives about my personality during the experience. She uses her intuition to guide the work and choose the colours and shapes used.
I love the combination of swirls and lines and the soft pastel pink in the background with the bolder colours and my favourite, blue.
I definitely recommend booking the experience with Oz, it is such a unique experience and would make a wonderful gift.
It’s perfect I love it. Thanks so much x

Andrea Grottick
Inner World Portrait
Andrea Grottick’s Inner World Portrait (Aura Painting), Watercolour, 2021

What size will work?

Curious to see how the artwork will look on your wall? I can help you with that!

Limited Edition Prints

I will be releasing limited edition prints soon. Contact me if you would like to join the waiting list for when I announce their availability.


Love Yikici’s style? Commission your very own painting, inspired by your imagination and memories. Realised by Yikici’s unique interpretation.

Can I help with your quandary?

If yes, please do not hesitate in contacting me with any questions you have.