SEFIK KABAS was born into an artistic family in 1961 in Turkey. After a decade of studies in the United States and Scotland, Sefik gained a greater perspective of the world, while majoring in sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and in glass blowing at Edinburgh College of Art. He spent his summers in Istanbul working in the family’s Urart Jewelry Studio, one of the top-known jewelry brands at that time. These summers were also the foundation of his love affair with jewelry design.
Following a move back to Turkey in 1987 and expecting to work in the family business, Sefik’s life took a turn. Sefik learned his father had sold the jewelry studio and he determined he needed to reinvent his path. In 1989 larger pieces became the basis of his artistic expression as he established Artepe Furniture and Interior Design, taking Sefik beyond artist into the world of high-end interior design.
In 2014, Sefik received divine inspiration that led to the beginnings of TARU jewelry, bringing tradition into small sculpture. The TARU Gallery opened its doors in the fall of 2015.
“Art has always been part of my life,” says Sefik. One of his early influences include the late, renowned painter Ozer Kabas. Sefik used to watch his uncle Ozer at work in his rooftop home studio, swinging his antique casting pot as the metals cooled, while telling stories of Old Istanbul and the many faces of the sea.
One of the most striking features of TARU jewelry is the level of handcrafted detail embodied in each piece. But the TARU jewelry collection is no ordinary jewelry. Capturing a magical and mythical energy, each piece carries a story that reflects far more than meets the eye.