Few water colors, several sketches on paper, lithographic prints, etchings are the lighter works of this very important transitional period from the Paris years to the California years.
Small and medium size oil canvases, are followed by the legendary “Prostitute’s Room” or “La Toilette” or “The Ghost”, all oil on plywood 120x240 cm. Colages on cardboards, surrealistic images of a whirling İstanbul “İstanbul Before the Storm”. Women, portraits, landscapes are the recurrent themes Broken mirrors used with the plywood mark a very interesting paralel with Julian Schnabel’s broken plates about which the artist knows nothing at the time. These are the starting years of “Neo-Expressionism” . In 1982 Baykam’s paint gets even looser. Little by little, graffiti and spray paint is added, oil paint fades away and acrylic takes the lead. The artist needs to work faster! Spray paint also makes is entry. These are the years of the full birth of the mature “Baykam Style” as we know it today.