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Artistic Licence

Kámil Gök lived all his life in the village of Dereliköy, in the heart of the Bodrum peninsula, among people who neither sculpt nor paint.

In 1972 he became an impulsive sculptor, first decorating his house, then building massive fountains for the use of his fellow villagers. As his work proliferated his neighbours turned against him. He was possessed, said the village. His wife, persuaded he was mad, left him. Alone, his health failing, he says he wishes to leave something of value to his country. Brian Sewell reflects on the price of artistic license.

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