Etem Çalışkan

Etem Çalışkan is journalist, painter and calligrapher.

He was born in Göçük Village of Tarsus in 1928. He completed his primary and secondary education in Mersin. He graduated from Istanbul Fine Arts Academy, Department of Poster Design. He took patter design class from Prof. Sabri Berkel, writing class from Prof. Emin Barın, poster and graphic design class from Prof. Namık Bayık. He helped Prof. Barın in writing the inscriptions in Anıtkabir. In 1954, he entered the journalism profession while continuing his art education at the Academy. He started to work as a painter and calligrapher in the Yeni Sabah newspaper. Then, he worked in Zafer and Öncü newspapers in Ankara and in Hareket, Dünya, Akşam, Milliyet, Hürriyet newspapers in İstanbul.

After retiring from the Hürriyet newspaper in 1982, he drew the Turkish Grandmens for Milliyet newspaper and published it as an album book. He prepared the Yunus Emre Divan for the Sabah newspaper and Turkish meaning of Qur’an for the Güneş Newspaper. He designed Yapı Kredi Bank's 10th year poster in 1954, also designed certificates, diplomas and medals.

He designed the gold and silver coins that was issued by the Ministry of Finance for the 100th birthday of Atatürk, designed posters of 100th Anniversary Celebration published by the Turkish Grand National Assembly, designed the stamps of the historical Turkish States, which were the expression of the 16 stars in the Presidential Fores that published by  PTT General Directorate in the 1980s.

In 1990, he designed the manuscript of "Yunus Emre Album" published by the Ministry of Culture for the Yunus Emre International Exhibition Year. In 2000, Etem Çalışkan wrote a great speech of Gazi Mustafa Kemal, which he had read on the 15th and 20th of October 1927, in the second largest congress of the Cumhuriyet Halk Party in Parliament. The Ministry of Culture published the book as a memory book. 17-volume manuscript original is housed in Başkent University Abdülrahim Tuncay Ataturk Museum.