Elissa Crystall Gallery, Contemporary Art, Vancouver, BC Canada

BIOGRAPHY

Designing home renovations by day, Turnbull uses discarded materials from building sites to inform his artistic practice. Turnbull states: “I’m always looking for the beauty in things that have been discarded.” Thus, cupboard doors, fences, the side of a locker, or the side of an airplane all come to function as canvas for the artist. His preferred medium of painting fuses layers of oil paints in combination with heated beeswax. His pieces resonate a sculptural quality as the artist is able to carve details and intricacies into the fused layers.

Stylistically versatile, Turnbull’s series’ differ dramatically; some evoke a whimsy and innocence while others narrate a complex portrayal of humanity and nature. His subjects range from hockey players, polar bears, condo dwellers to his newest series titled “Highballs and Duct Tape”.

Turnbull has been influenced by folk art tradition and his work reveals the immediacy, honesty, and desire to communicate through sketches. The title “Highballs and Duct Tape” refers to his influences spanning from fine art to comic books and children’s art.

“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, Bruce Turnbull graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1998 and completed his Masters of Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art, New York. His art can be found in public collections including the National Portrait Gallery of Canada, Colart Collection and private collections in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. He is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Award, a Canadian grant given to emerging artists.

GALLERY

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Education

2001 Master of Fine Art, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
1998 Associate of the Ontario College of Art, Honors Diploma: Drawing and Painting, Toronto, ON
1990 Bachelor of Science: Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Grants and Awards

2004 Stobart Foundation Grant, Boston MA
2003 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
2000 Prince of Wales Fellowship (finalist)
2000 Tuition Scholarship New York Academy of Art
1999 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
1999 Tuition Scholarship New York Academy of Art
1998 Aboveground Art Supply Award for Painting
1998 Eric Freifeld Draftsmanship Award

Selected Exhibitions

2019 Made in Canada (group), Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver
2017 Figure in the Landscape (group exhibition), Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver
2014 Solo Exhibition, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver
2013 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON
2012 Highballs and Duct Tape, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC
2011 WIN, PLACE, SHOW, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010 Stumble.Fall.Eaten, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2009 Practice, (solo) Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2008 CHEER!, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2007 THIRD, (solo) Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 Promise, (solo) Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC
2005 SOUP, (solo) Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC
2004-06 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON
2004 Tupajumi, The Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
2003 Still Life, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC
2002 Group Show, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC
 BC Landscapes, (solo) The Common Space, Vancouver BC
Salon de Refuse, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC
Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, New York NY
2001 New York Academy of Art Figurative Exhibition
New York Academy of Art, New York NY
Take Home a Nude, Christie’s, New York NY
2000 24th Annual Student Exhibition, The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park, New York NY
New York Academy of Art Figurative Exhibition, New York NY
Tristan and America, New York NY
Take Home a Nude, New York Academy of Art, New York
1999 Second Annual Figure Drawing and Painting Exhibition
Ontario College of Art, Toronto ON
1998 Pay No Interest, (solo), Toronto ON
“Re/membering: Tribute to the Victims of the Montreal Massacre”
Ontario College of Art, Toronto ON
First Annual Figure Drawing and Painting Exhibition
Ontario College of Art, Toronto ON
1998 Invitational Drawing and Painting Graduate Scholarship Exhibit
Ontario College of Art, Toronto ON
1997 “Re/membering: Tribute to the Victims of the Montreal Massacre.”
Ontario College of Art, Toronto ON
“Boxed.” Ontario College of Art, Toronto ON.

Collections

Public Collections
National Portrait Gallery, Ottawa ON

Colart Collection, Montreal QC

Private Collections
Canada, USA, France, United Kingdom, Singapore