Terry Turrell


Terry Turrell is a self-taught sculptor and painter.

"My paintings and my sculpture are a natural progression of each other.
The surface texture of both plays a major role in the final result.
At this point my work continues to be figurative in nature.

The painting process begins by taking a flat surface, preferably wood or metal, and rubbing paint at random until it is covered. I do this several times, using only my hands, to build up layers of semi-dried paint. As the painting evolves into abstract shapes I begin to look for images. Once I establish rough forms I then define them and work with the image that emerges. I always work on several pieces simultaneously in order to keep the images fluid.

When working on sculpture the process is very similar. I generally start by carving the head and work with the face to find the emotion I want to convey. I interchange parts, i.e. arms, legs etc., until I find the right combination. The layering of the paint, like the paintings, is an important part of each piece.
For some time now I have been interested in paper and metal together. The delicacy and strength of the two mediums appeal to me. I am also going through a transformation with patinas and paints, experimenting with water colors protected by wax. Acrylics are a recent addition.

On occasion, an entire vision for a piece will come to me before I start a painting or sculpture, but I consider these small gifts which do not happen very often.
Rather, ideas for my work come from an endless variety of sources very little of that being art related. Listening to music is a constant backdrop. I enjoy painting and sculpting equally.

I never intentionally set out to make statements of any kind. The outcome of a given work is usually as new to me as to the viewer. The emotion created is important.
I strive to create compassion, humility and humor along with a serious edge.
I let both mediums choose the way and allow me to follow."

- Terry Turrell