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Jannell Turner

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Searching the Woods, 2014
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Pine Forest, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 54 X 54 Inches
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Lotte in Woods, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 30 Inches
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Adirondack Trees, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 52 X 52 Inches © yes
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Girl in Woods, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 38 X 38 Inches
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Girl in Woods II, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 52 X 56 Inches
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Everglades Canopy, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 52 X 52 Inches
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Savannah Vines, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 56 X 52 Inches © yes
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Grapeseed Canopy, 2013 Oil on Canvas 52 X 56 Inches
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Salutation to the Sky, 2013 Oil on Canvas 36 X 36 Inches
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Boys Digging, 2013 Oil on Canvas 52 X 52 Inches
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Enchantment, 2014 Urethane on Fiberglass 33 X 25 X 25 © yes
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Denver
Birth year
1972
Lives in
Brooklyn
Works in
Brooklyn
Schools
New York Studio School of Drawing Painting and Sculpture
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Tags
mixed-media, photography
Statement

As a child in the south, Jannell Turner would retreat to the woods and find solitary spots to contemplate the world around her. As an adult in Brooklyn, those woods have been replaced by her art studio where quiet moments of solitude give rise to her paintings which never stray too far from the forests of her childhood.

“In my work, I explore psychological emotions associated with being inside the woods,” says Turner. “Enchantment, innocence and danger.” Her paintings also point to graver environmental issues of our times: deforestation, climate change and preservation.

Turner interweaves thin layers of paint, gestural marks and blocks of color to depict abstract representations of space. As a starting off point, she begins new work with plein air sketches in forests throughout the eastern United States. Then, in her Brooklyn studio, the paintings evolve to take on a poetic narrative of their own. Chaos, exhilaration, stillness and harmony collide and dance in these forests.

Turner attended Hunter College and New York Studio School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Her paintings have exhibited in group shows in NYC and Memphis. In 2013, her Brooklyn debut solo exhibition nearly sold out. Recently, she has been selected for a prominent Fabergé public art event, called The Big Egg Hunt NY, which includes Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente, Jennifer Bartlett, and April Gornik. It will culminate in a charity fundraising auction at Sotheby’s in April 2014.