Ray Turner who is best known for his travelling museum exhibition, Population, a collection born in 2007 consisting of hundreds of expressive portraits of everyday American citizens where many of the same principles of his masterful landscape paintings are applied in mapping the topography of the human face, arrives in Toronto.
At each city he visited duringPopulation’s 8-year tour, Ray Turner did portraits of locals he saw and added them to the exhibit. As people came to view the growing collection, they saw their own community reflected, with their own neighbours as subjects.
Ray Turner’s personal collectors include actor Kevin Costner, tennis pro Pete Sampras, and Oscar De La Renta CEO Alexander Bolen.
The exhibit, which is free, features 18 compelling new landscapes and has been well-received since it opened on October 8. It will run through to November 12.
In his landscapes, Ray Turner often adopts an aerial perspective and dramatizes the sky while dwarfing the terrain. By painting landscapes, he has followed in the footsteps of his ancestor, famous English landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, whose works will be on display at the AGO from October 31 to January 31, 2016.
Ray Turner’s work has been exhibited in New York, California, New Mexico and Berlin, and now, Toronto.