Neil Turner



NEIL TURNER – ARTIST STATEMENT

b. 1958, Narrogin, Australia

EDUCATION
1992/94 Woodturning Workshop with Stephan Hughes, Bunbury
1993 Woodturning Workshop with Vic Wood, Bunbury
1999 Woodturning Workshop with John Jordan, Dwellingup
2000 Woodturning Workshop with Graham Priddle, Dwellingup
2000 Woodturning Workshop with Gordon Ward, Dwellingup
2003 Designing Futures Workshop with Louise Hibbit, Sarah Parker, Hayley Smith & Todd Hoyer, Dwellingup.
2003 Designing Futures Workshop with Stephen Hogbin, Perth
2005 Creative Workshop Advanced Embellishment with Monique Tippet, Dwellingup.
2007/9/11 Invitation Collaborative Workshop, Bowral
2009/10/12 Invitation Collaborative Workshop, Bunbury
2009/11 Invitation Goongarrie Station Workshop, Kalgoorlie
2010-11 Diploma of Fine Furniture, Australian School of Fine Wood, Dwellingup
2011/12 Turnfest Demonstrator, Sea World Resort, Queensland
2011 Cert 1V in Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft in Jewellery, Bunbury.
2013 International Turning Exchange, Residency – The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia PA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
1989/90 Fine Wood Work Ass Exhibition, Burswood, Western Australia
1999-04 Australian Woodturning Exhibition, Nunawading, Victoria, Australia
2000/01/02 Perth Royal Show – Eastern District Display. Claremont Western Australia
2002-08 Out of The Woods, Claremont Showgrounds, Perth, Australia
2005 Scintillating, Armadale City Redevelopment Authority, Armadale, Western Australia.
2005/08/11 Collectors of Wood Art Symposium, Philadelphia
2005/08-9 Turned Wood – Small Treasures, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005-06 Woodworks, Meatmarket Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2005-2008/11 SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition) Chicago, IL
2005-08/11 SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exposition) New York, NY
2006/09 Turned & Sculptured Wood, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 ART Scottsdale, WestWorld, Art & Antiques, Scottsdale, AZ
2006 Selected Works, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Sculpture 2007 – The Shape of Things, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Bungendore, NSW, Australia
2007 Pacific Connections, Del Mano Galllery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 ‘On Fire’, Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, Australia
2009/10/12 Coast to Coast, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury,Australia
2009 Spirit of Timber -‘Objects of Desire’, Artgeo Gallery, Busselton W.A
2010/11 Mazenod College Fine Art Exhibition, Lesmurdie, Western Australia
2011 Mid West Art Prize, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton, W.A
2011 ‘Signature SouthWest’ ArtGeo Gallery, Busselton, Australia
2011 Pi to Pentagon, Collaboration with Harvey Fein. SOFA Chicago. IL
2011 Christmas Shop, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, Australia
2011 ‘End of an Era’ Woodhism Exhibition, Australian School of Wood, Forest Heritage Centre, Dwellingup, Australia
2012 South West Survey, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, Australia
2012 SOFA (Sculpture,Objects,Functional Art),“Thunder Down Under” Chicago, IL
2012 ‘Neil Turner Unfolding’, South West Showcase, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, Australia
2012 Robyn Wood’s CORES Recycled, The Center For Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2004 Australian Wood Review, Edition 43, 44
The West Australian newspaper, December
500 Wood Bowls, Lark Books, Sterling Press, Ashville, NC
2005 “Turning Downunder”, American Woodturner Magazine, Winter
2006 Insite Homes, Autumn Edition. Western Australia.
2006 Instyle Interiors, Edition 3. Western Australia.
2006/07 Insite Homes, Summer Edition. Western Australia.
2007 Capital, Edition 26, Canberra. Australia
2010 Creative Wood New Zealand, March Edition 96. New Zealand.
2011 Rockler Woodworkimg and Hardware, March Catalogue. Medina, MN

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA
Armadale Redevelopment Authority Collection, City of Armadale Collection
Shire of Capel Art Collection
Norton Rockler Collection, Medina, Minnesota. USA

ABOUT THE ARTIST
The years spent on his wheat and sheep farm 180 km east of Perth in Western Australia provided the opportunity to use timber normally overlooked and neglected by other woodworkers. His early years were spent juggling work and family with occasional wood-turning. He has been turning and sculpting timber for over 34 years, attending workshops whenever possible to improve his technique and sharpen his focus and skills. In 2011 Neil attained a Diploma of Fine Furniture from the Australian School of Wood in Dwellingup. He will incorporate his many skills to make art furniture.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT
My rural environment greatly influenced me, as I was able to observe the wind, fire and water impact the land. My intention is to incorporate these aspects into work that has a free, expressive and organic appearance while using carving and turning techniques to achieve a purity of form.
Timber a living breathing organism that captures my imagination. The opportunity to express thoughts and ideas in a tangible creation that continues to react within it’s environment. To design and create in timber posses many challenges both in structure and integrity but the pleasure I derive from my work is simple, a joy and passion to create pieces of work that I like.

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