Johnny Turner

What inspires your art practice?
The expression of personal and universal thoughts, feelings, observations and experiences. Our individual and shared histories, myths, memories and ancestral provenance.To recognise the movement of time in our world and our own relatively short lives.

What materials do you work in?
Stone - ‘Stardust’ the fundamental material of the universe and indeed ourselves.

Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
Anchor Stone:My works here reference and are located near a marine environment. Here we live on islands. We all arrived on waka, ships, or waka rere rangi (canoes that fly). My sculptures refer to migration, sailing, flight , waka/seafaring culture, place-marking and leadership.
Navigator:The nature of us as islanders. Our connection with the sea, how proximal it is and how it effects our life and outlook. We live on, and are ‘grounded’ on these beautiful islands but still we look outward. We remain restless and adventurous but love to return home, to ‘anchor’ ourselves again.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
I sculpt both here in New Zealand /Aotearoa and overseas. My works are in private collections and public spaces. I have studios in Wellington and Gisborne.

Where did you study?
Art History and Classics -Victoria University

Instagram: @johnnyturnersculptor
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