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Max Turner is an individualist, a consummate draftsman and masterful painter whose years of experience have produced a large body of remarkable work. He is able not only to capture the likeness of the subjects but also their essence. He's done full size works for casinos, private commissions, you name it. Animals, warriors, art nouveau-inspired women, nudes, busts, abstract works, this shows both his raw process and beautifully finished pieces.
His drawings, paintings, and sculpture project a confidence and wisdom where he shows us more than we could have seen without his help. His creative interpretation, concept and dimension of form make his art personal, engaging and valued.
Turner began as a student of Hal Reed, who in turn was a former art student of the Russian/American Master, Nicolai Fechin. Hal owned the building (previously the Will Foster Studio) and founded the Art League of Los Angeles.
During class, Hal told his students that they should practice what they were learning by going to live model classes. Max began attending these classes where he learned how to draw figures. Hal and Max became good friends--Hal was so impressed with Max’s work that he offered Max the opportunity to teach at another location that Hal was opening in the San Fernando Valley. Max accepted the offer and began teaching his own art class. For Max, it was a quick jump from learning to teaching.
Max continued teaching, and began producing very impressive portraits, both oil paintings and charcoal drawings from live models. The style of his drawings and paintings were being compared to those of Fechin. And, like Fechin, Max also had an interest in sculpting. One day, Max decided to design and cast a bronze owl sculpture to put in his Calabasas Fine Art Gallery. As this new business grew, he decided to establish his own foundry, employing up to 15 workers. The business continued for many years, up until the late 1990’s.
In his 70s, Max decided to move on to his next venture as an artist, dedicating himself to doing the actual sculpting of original art. He loved the creativity of sculpting and he had his sculptures cast at local foundries, ironically the same ones that used to be his competition. By then, Max was fully engaged in his new artistic direction and, over time, he produced a large body of work. He created very impressive sculptures, including about 100 full-size works. He sold some of these to high-end clientele, the Foundry at SLS Las Vegas, and to Hollywood studios.
Even though Max now seemed to be totally in his element, he somehow also found time to continue to teach painting classes at the California Art Institute in Westlake Village in Los Angeles. At the institute, he specialized in figure work. Max continued to draw, paint and teach, but he says he stopped sculpting when he turned 90.
Max has produced four books showcasing his drawings and paintings. The first, “Faces, The Drawings of Max Turner” in 2000, showcases nearly 100 of his portrait drawings. In 2006, Max produced his second book titled “Figures and Faces”, reflecting not only portraits but also figure drawings and paintings. It is a wonderful book of Max’s work, but it is currently difficult to find. The third book is titled “Faces 2, The Paintings and Drawings of Max Turner” (2009) includes 75 portrait paintings and drawings (we carry this).
In 2018, Max published his newest book showcasing his drawings and paintings. It is titled “Max Turner’s Figure Sketches,” which we also handle.
- Additional Information
Item Code SCULMS Publisher B-Y Publishing Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781732230712 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 96pg Color Partial Color
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