This survey of artwork by painter Doug Turman includes his Love Notes series, whimsical etchings, and an array of paintings on paper. A master of the small, almost incidental, work on paper, Turman works with obsessive precision and sometimes as author Rick Newby notes, “extreme looseness and daring,” uniting disparate images from a vast array of influences including Persian miniatures, Matisse’s cut paper, Paul Klee’s modernist paintings, and Kurt Schwitters’ collages. Collectively, they present a sustained artistic vision that has been steadfast for nearly forty years. A postmodernist at core, Turman re-contextualizes his source material, juxtaposes text and images, appropriates at random, dabbles in tromp l’oeil, and oblique gestures, and throws in a variety of painterly and cultural references to make satisfying works that are firmly rooted in play, irony, satire, and fun. Turman says, “I think of each frame as a proscenium. Each painting is its own little world. At one point I decided I wanted to be able to paint whatever I could think of.” Doug Turman is represented by Radius Gallery in Missoula.
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