Series of nine unique portraits
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Price: $ 4,250 each
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Ray Turner earned his BFA at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He has had solo shows at many museums, including the Laguna Beach Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Akron Museum of Art and the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington. He taught painting at the Art Center College of Design for many years. Turner lives and works in Pasadena, California. He is represented by Toomey Tourell Gallery in San Francisco and Berenson Fine Art in Toronto. (www.rayturner.us)
For the last several years, Turner has been working on an innovative project entitled “Population,” an amazing collection of oil portraits on glass that has travelled to museums in cities such as Long Beach, California, Akron, Ohio and Bellingham, Washington. Turner partners with each museum to find his subjects, ranging from the city’s mayor to its marginalized residents. Turner photographs them at the museum and returns to Pasadena to paint the portraits. For each installation, Turner paints grids consisting of twelve-inch colored squares on the wall which act as backgrounds for the portraits. As “Population” travels to the next venue, it grows in size because Turner continues to add more portraits.
The Frostig Collection is honored to have Turner paint portraits of nine of our artists. Turner’s process involves photographing the sitter in full sun, asking that he or she not smile, and then with a formidable amount of oil paint and gestural brush strokes transforms a transparent sheet of glass into a vibrant, expressive interpretation of the subject’s inner life. As he says, “I am more interested in the depth and character of a person than the actual likeness. For example, Lita Albuquerque is an incredibly beautiful woman, but she may not like the portrait I painted of her. I was trying to convey the incredible depth in her eyes, and I feel I succeeded. Since the portraits of Robert Graham and Ken Price were done posthumously, I had to rely on existing photographs. It was an emotional experience to paint such amazing, revered artists.”
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