Paul Robert Turner

 

 

 

(Toronto, Canada)

 

 

 

Paul Robert Turner, Autonomic / 40″ x 48″ / Oil on Canvas / 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Robert Turner, Don’t Panic 3, Oil, Canvas, 60”x48”, 2006

 

 

 

 

Paul Robert Turner, Overflow / 20″ x 30″ / Oil, Graphite on Panel / 2011

 

 

 

 

Paul Robert Turner, Whisper, 40”x48” Oil, paper, ink on panel 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Robert Turner, Record Shop / 40″ x 60″ /

 Oil, Paper, Graphite, Record Sleeves on Canvas / 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Robert Turner, Fortress / 39″ x 48″ / Oil, Paper, Graphite, on Panel / 2010

 

 

 

 

 

Song: Inheritance

 

 

 

 

 
Music credits

I have had an ongoing recording project with various friends over the years. This is always in a state of evolution. None of these songs have been released/ published.

I have had an ongoing recording project with various friends over the years. This is always in a state of evolution. None of these songs have been released/ published. The name of the project is “What do you mean, what do I mean?”

Band Members:  Paul Robert Turner, John Link, Nurit Basin

Other participating musicians and visual artists on these tracks include:  Ross Bonfanti , Patrick Hagarty, Dale Thompson, Pamela Rosales , Sandra Tarantino

I have had an ongoing recording project with various friends over the years. This is always in a state of evolution. None of these songs have been released/ published. The name of the project is “What do you mean, what do I mean?” I am also a member of the Toronto based band Thicket in which I play guitar.

 

 

 

 

Paul Robert Turner, Compression, 20″x 30″ Graphite on panel 2011

 

 

 
Born (1975) and raised in Kingston Ontario Canada, Paul Robert Turner attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) from 1994 to 1998. Upon completion of the Drawing and Painting program, he then studied traditional drawing at the Michael John Angel Academy of Art. Paul Robert Turner is a Canadian Figurative Oil Painter living and working in Toronto Canada and is a co –founder of AWOL Collective, Gallery and Studios. Paul is a grant recipient of both the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

In 2007 and 2009 he was selected as an exhibiting finalist for The Kingston Prize, Canada’s only national portrait competition. In 2008 he was asked to appear on the PVT television series « Star Portraits » which aired on Bravo in the fall of 2009. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally can be found in private collections in Canada, England, France, Israel and the United States. Paul is an arts educator, teaching drawing and Painting at Avenue Road Arts School, The Toronto School of Art, and Humber College. Also musician Paul plays Guitar in the Toronto based band Thicket.

 

 

 

 

Paul Robert Turner, Beneath a Shadow, Under a Doubt /

 42″ x 52″/ Oil, Paper on Panel / 2012

 

 

 

 

Paul Robert Turner, The World is a Darker Place Now,

40”x48” Oil, Acrylic, graphite on panel, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artist Statement:

 

I continuously attempt to link together technique, composition and concept. Where applicable, I attempt to choreograph my subjects in such a way so that one’s position and demeanor is directly related to the other, a balance between poise and candor. I employ a systematic use of symbols or pictorial conventions to express meaning. I attempt to apprehend a more absolute truth in my work through the use of human activity in a suggestive and metaphorical manner. I have always had a deep appreciation of any painting that provides the illusion of volume and depth.  When composing my imagery I try not to think of the canvas as a flat surface, but a window to another space. The pursuit of a three dimensional compositional flow is very important to me and varies in intensity depending on the subject matter or idea that I am depicting.

I work with traditional oil painting techniques, lately in combination with mixed media- specifically acrylic mediums, paper, graphite and charcoal. The introduction of these elements to my paintings is rooted in their conceptual function. The use of pattern in my work begins with a reference to the cyclical nature of emotional interaction and psychological phenomenon of a conditioned emotional response. The collage and drawing elements also serve to disrupt the physical continuity of the 3-dimensional space I am creating within the painting.  These elements further support themes of mental illness or altered perceptions of reality. Other themes of recent and upcoming work include references to mortality, anxiety, personal and social adversity directly relating to mental and physical illness.

 

Education

1994-98 Ontario College of Art and Design, A.O.C.A.D. Drawing and Painting

2000 Michael John Angel Traditional Schools, Traditional Drawing

 

Solo Exhibitions               

2009 Autonomic Wallspace Gallery, Ottawa

2006 A Measurable But Limited Duration XEXE Gallery, Toronto

2004 Experts Are Standing By, AWOL Gallery Toronto

2000 Suspension, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 AQUA 12 AWOL Gallery, Miami FL

Indiscretions: Narrative painting Now, Grenfell Art Gallery, Corner Brook, NL.

2011 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, AWOL Gallery, New York, NY

2010 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, AWOL Gallery, New York, NY

The Artist Project Toronto, Queen Elizabeth Building, Toronto ON

The Best of 2009/TOAE, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto

2009 The Kingston Prize 2009, Kingston ON, Wolfville NS, Toronto ON, Calgary AB

The Artist Project Toronto, Liberty Grand, Toronto

2008 Forget About the Big Picture, Duo Exhibition with Dale Thompson, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, AWOL Gallery, New York, NY

AGH Art Fair 2008, Art Gallery of Hamilton

The Artist Project, Liberty Grand, Toronto

The Best of 2007/TOAE, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto

2007 Bridge Art fair, AWOL Gallery, Miami FL

Toronto International Art Fair, XEXE Gallery, Toronto

The Kingston Prize 2007, Fire hall Theatre, Gananoque

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, AWOL Gallery, New York, NY

2006 Sleepwalker/daydreamer, The Manifold Project, XEXE Gallery group exhibition, Nuit Blanche, Toronto

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, AWOL Gallery, New York, NY

2005 Square Foot New York, Project Spaceman, Brooklyn, NY

AAF Contemporary Art Fair, AWOL Gallery, New York, NY

2004 Toronto International Art Fair, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

Worship, OAA juried exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

2003 7 Seconds, Kabat/Wrobel Gallery, Toronto

2002 WhOLE, AWOL Collective, Toronto

2001 Standard, AWOL Collective, Toronto

2000 Blindness, AWOL Collective, Toronto

2003 to 2011 The Square Foot Show, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

2004 to 2009 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto

Related Instructor, Drawing and Painting- Avenue Road Arts School, Toronto School of Art, Humber College

Co-Founding member of AWOL Collective, Gallery and Studios (est.1999)

 

Awards

2011 Travel Grant- Canada Council for the Arts

2009 Nomination- KM Hunter Award

Best Figurative Painting- Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Emerging Artist Grant- Ontario Arts Council

2007 Viewers Choice Award- Kingston Prize Portrait Competition

Honorable Mention, Painting- Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2006 Production Grant -The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

2004 Lifetime Members Award- Ontario Artists Association, Worship exhibition

 

Press/Reviews/Media

2010 Thursday January 7 | Heads You Win re. The Kingston Prize. The National Post Arts and Life pg. AL1

2009 Saturday October 10 | Eye on the Prize re. The Kingston Prize. The Kingston Wig Standard, ENT 1 by Greg Burliuk

Participating Artist- Star Portraits. (Ep. 104) GEORGE CHUVALO

Air Date: Saturday, October 3, 8 p.m. et. on Bravo!

http://starportraits.ca/season1/ep104.php

2008 Interview -Blog T.O. “Square Foot Prep” By Joseph Michael

http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=dRBiwXp-2V0

Featured Artist- Preston Catalouge#10- Mixed Media Mixture pg. 0102

Courtesy of Wallspace Gallery

2007 Monday August 20 | Art Finds a Home on Queen St. W- Re. The Square Foot Show. The Toronto Sun pg. 20.  By Nicholas Davis

Monday, October 29 | Young Toronto Artist Wins Kingston Prize Completion- re. The Kingston Prize. 4:56 PM ET CBC NEWS-

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/artdesign/story/2007/10/29/kingston-prize.html

2006 Sunday July 9 | Party, Party, Party. Re. Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Pg. A4 “City”.

Primary image | Media campaign, Affordable Art Fair 2006 New York, NY “Don’t Panic” oil, canvas 2005

2004 Saturday July 7 | Great Outdoors re. Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. National Post, pg. TO1, TO6

2002 Shot Gun Review- Lola Magazine- re. Open House exhibition AWOL Gallery issue no. 12 pg.87 by Rochelle Forsey

http://www.paulrobertturner.com/, www.awolgallery.com

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