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Ray Turner's 'Population' exhibit now up Museum of Art

Sep. 15, 2013 @ 12:23 PM

HUNTINGTON — The faces of about two dozen local Huntingtonians are now up on the wall painted by famous portrait artist Ray Turner.
 
 Those faces including everyone from former Marshall and NFL star Troy Brown to veteran Cabell County Public Library director Judy Rule are up as part of a new exhibit of Ray Turner’s called, “Population” that went up Saturday, and which is now on display through Nov. 10.

 Turner, who is a Walter Gropius Master Artist, will speak about his work during an opening reception for Population, which takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Turner will facilitate a three-day workshop at HMA titled "Population: Good Man Bad Man" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18-20. Call 304-529-2701 for information on workshop fees or to register.

Turner revitalizes the art of portraiture and invites viewers to contemplate identity from an individual and collective standpoint. Population is an expanding series of portraits that celebrates a cross-section of people from across the country – including our own community. Portraits of more than two dozen Huntingtonians are included. Primarily executed with oil paint on 12" x 12" glass, Turner’s textural paintings are fluid, much like notions of identity. His work is interpretive rather than purely representational and emphasizes elements such as color, value and composition.

Turner received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1985 from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif., where he subsequently taught for 13 years as a professor of painting and drawing. His work has been exhibited in venues such as Akron Art Museum (Ohio), Whatcom Museum (Bellingham, Washington), Tacoma Museum of Glass (Washington), Alexandria Museum of Art (Virginia), and Wichita Art Museum (Kansas). In 2010, his paintings were shown at the Pasadena Museum of California Art alongside Wayne Thiebaud, and he is represented in major collections such as the Riverside Museum of Art (California) and the Laguna Art Museum (California). Ray Turner lives and works in Pasadena, Calif.

The Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is funded through the generosity of the Estate of Roxanna Y. Booth, who wished to assist in the development of an art education program in accordance with the proposals of Walter Gropius, who designed the Museum’s Gropius Addition, as well as the Gropius Studios. The Museum is indebted to Roxanna Y. Booth’s son, Alex Booth, for his participation in the concept development of the Gropius Master Artists Workshops.
 
For more information on events at HMA, visit www.hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.
 

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