Ray Turner

(Stockton, California, 1958 - )


Oil on glass

12 in. x 12 in. x 1/2 in. (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm x 1.27 cm)

Gift of the artist


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Ray Turner painted 24 Akron residents for the Akron Art Museum’s presentation of ‘Ray Turner: Population’ and nine of these portraits were added to the museum’s collection. Because Turner typically begins a portrait anywhere from a week to a month after meeting and photographing the subject, his initial impression is sometimes magnified, distorted or simply imagined. Above all, Turner paints those aspects of a person that resonate with him, knowing that his portraits are as much his own projection as they are a likeness of the sitter. This collaboration between artist and sitter speaks to the way we relate to the people in our community.

African American
Oil painting