DVAA Member since 2018
John Turner works in a wide array of mediums including: acrylic, oil stick, enamels, chalkboard paint, 24k gold and silver leaf, hay, dirt, and variey of industrial materials.
“You could say that I was destined to pursue a career, in the arts. My father: Dr. Evan H. Turner, http://clevelandartsprize.org/awardees/evan_turner.html was the director, of a number of major city museums including: The Frick Collection, The Montreal Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. My great uncle Albert Bierstadt, was an American painter, with the Hudson River School: http://www.albertbierstadt.org/biography.html . Although our styles are entirely different, I still believe that I continually draw from my past, and the environment that I have grown up in, and have been exposed to throughout my life.
“The canvases that I produce, are heavily manipulated. I adhere canvas and string onto the existing stretched canvas. Layers of paint, dirt, and/or hay are then applied by hand, and with scrapers, of varying sizes, and shapes. As each new layer of paint is applied, and dries, the process is repeated, both vertically and horizontally, until spider-like lines, and a thick worked surface appears.
Enamel, acrylic, and/or oil stick paints are applied over the existing surface, or over areas once masked off by tape.
The final piece, is a heavily worked landscape, that plays with: light, form, and color, or the lack of color.
Paintings can have one impression when seen from across a room, and quite a different meaning, when viewed up close. (The way sound waves can appear as a thin line, when seen from afar, but when amplified hundreds of times, become cavernous).
I almost always can envision what I am striving to express from a works inception, and do not begin a painting until I can clearly see that image, in my mind, as well as in smaller studies.
Every line, scrape, hand gesture, and layer of paint, is planned and calculated.
Some paintings can have up to 50 coats of paint... While others are stripped down to the bare canvas, revealing only the rawest elements and emotions. Paintings, should really be viewed in person, to order to truly take in their impact, and depth. While some refer to my works as: "Mixed Media," I still consider myself to be an Abstract Artist.”