The Untold Story
From an early age Jack Turpin was attracted to various painting media, but the immediate and direct qualities of drawing commanded his greatest attention from that time to the present. It was the tradition of Impressionist and Realist painters of the Canadian landscape that exerted the greatest influence on Jack's painting.
Having been brought up in a province where the built environment is usually dominated by the overwhelming beauty of its natural setting, Jack tended to direct his gaze to the literal edges of human activity - where man and Nature overlap, but Nature predominates. As such, the appearance and influence of man’s presence usually assumes a subtle role in the subject matter of his paintings. Recurring themes in Jack's art are soft light and summoning shapes, which hint of a story untold or a destination not fully revealed.
Jack sees his role as an artist not unlike that of a storyteller. He invites the viewer to pause, look more closely into lengthening afternoon shadows or follow a beckoning, overgrown path.
Showing now in Gallery n. 204 as part of our Canadian Landscapes exhibition: