Gary Turner is an experienced multi-disciplined artist with an extensive portfolio. He balances his workshop time at Project Ability between printmaking, mask making, ceramics, drawing and painting. Gary uses his knowledge and love of contemporary comic and zine culture, fantasy sci-fi and animals from the natural world to inspire his work. Gary’s paintings often have a romantic feel to them. His recent introduction to oil painting has seen his work develop a softness, transforming animal, plant, people and places into gentle, captivating beings and other worldly existences. Wolves and Japanese inspired landscapes are regular themes in his work taking inspiration from Katsushika Hokusai Japanese woodblock prints.
Gary is not only adept at balancing line, colour and texture he has developed an incredible skill base and ability to work in mixed media. Gary has an infectious excitement for trying new materials and techniques which is highlighted in the hours he gives into creating his wearable animal masks and ceramic animal portraits. He brings these sculptural animal subjects to life with great sensitivity and attention to detail. Gary is integral to the conversations and strong sense of community at Project Ability. He is quick to share, motivate and encourage his peers.