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The celebratory launch of the exhibition, Population by Ray Turner took off this past Friday night (March 2nd) at the Akron Art Museum. A California native, Turner’s passion for painting and down to earth personality ensure that this exhibition will resonate through the Akron community.
The exhibition includes a vast variety of strictly facial portraits (approximately 12” x 12”) of individuals that Ray Turner met and wanted to portray through laying brush onto glass. Some pieces remain more abstract than others, Turner wanted to paint portraits of people who wouldn’t ordinarily (or ever) have their portraits painted. In the city of Akron, he approached those in the moderate working class, which represents a large majority of the city’s population. Portraits of theses individuals are featured in the middle row of the graph-like structure the paintings are displayed in.
Turner seemed utterly ecstatic and announced with pleasure that Akron was the official launching city for the traveling exhibition Population. He found the Akron Art Museum and its dedicated staff a joy to work with. Friday night Ray Turner could not have seemed more delighted to be in Akron, and we were just as happy to have him. The series resides in the museum March 3rd – May 27th.