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"The current group of head paintings span ideas that started many years ago, and have manifested into these most recent paintings called Population Defaced. The nobility and the depravity that are part of our humanity and inhumanity, has continued to be a point of view. The face holds all the contradictions of our existence as a race, the good and the bad. You can tell who a person is in the first glance. There is a knowing that may take time to reveal itself fully, but it's there in the face, in a moment's notice. When we look at a painting of a person we participate in that knowing experience, the observer and the observed are revealed," Ray Turner.
RAY TURNER (b. 1958, Stockton, California) lives in Pasadena, California, where he earned his BFA from Art Center College of Design, then worked for thirteen years as a professor of painting and drawing at Art Center. His work has been showcased in exhibits throughout the country as well as in museums and galleries in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Chicago, Boston, and Berlin.