Bruce Turnbull, Laundry Day, encaustic [Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC Nov 15-Dec 6]
One of Vancouvers encaustic masters those who use beeswax with paint and other materials will be showing his latest works at the Elissa Cristall Gallery, November 15 December 6. The new pieces include vignettes depicting subject matter ranging from dancing people, animals and fish, to suburban neighbourhoods packed with houses and cars (and a single swimming pool) and, in one picture, sinister images of a man hunting next to Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie. Theres something unsettling about a man with a rifle juxtaposed with cuddly childhood figures.
Stylistically, Turnbull continues in a folk art tradition utilizing the deceptive naivety of the form to portray complex thoughts about human nature and contemporary issues. He is candid in his artistic statement about the various and numerous aspects of his subject matter:
The work attempts to embrace my unfocused nature by constructing a context in which all of the thoughts and images splashing around in my head can coexist together. A context flexible enough to allow a dialogue to evolve between the various images and structured enough to evoke harmony from dissonance. A kind of visual jazz.
Born in Vancouver, Turnbull completed an Art Honours Diploma at the Ontario College of Art followed by a Master of Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art. His work is held in collections in Canada and internationally.