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May 28, 2013

Ray Turner: Population


Ray Turner: Population


Wichita, KAN., May 23, 2013 – Artist Ray Turner has 300 individual portraits that combine to make an impressive whole, and this assembly opens on June 1st as the summer exhibition for this nationally prominent artist at the Wichita Art Museum.  

The project on portraits, Population, is the latest body of work by the California-based painter. Turner continues with the series over the course of this touring exhibition, generating a snowball compounding effect. At each museum, Turner incorporates new paintings that depict local community members. Turner has new works in the show depicting 27 Wichita residents. He incorporated a broad spectrum of portrait subjects—city leaders and art types, as well as high-school students, social advocates, and regular folk. Collectively, the additive process of the Population series builds and reflects America’s diversity today. The exhibition includes over 300 works, including the faces of 28 Wichitans.

The portraits in Ray Turner: Population are executed primarily with oil paint on glass and feature subjects painted over the last decade. The series presents one-foot-by-one-foot squares of faces clustered in grids or lined up in a forced march of square abutting square. The background color is painted on the wall, not the back of the glass—and this feature deepens the color and luster of the images.

Ray Turner: Population is organized and traveled by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California. Support for the Wichita presentation has been provided by TCK—The Trust Company of Kansas.

All museum exhibitions receive generous sponsorship from the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Endowment Fund and City of Wichita.

Exhibition dates:
June 1 – August 25, 2013

Exhibition events:
Saturday, June 1 - 7 to 9 pm - Member’s Opening Party

Friday, June 7- 6 pm - “Why Portraits? A Conversation” featuring artist Patrick Duegaw






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