Neil Turner

Biography

Living on the land as a farmer my earlier work was influenced by harmonies within nature. The quiet ripples in the sand left by wind, raging roaring swirling flames of fire and soothing eddies left by running water. Since moving to the coast my inspirations have changed, wonderful shapes of seashells, coral and fine translucent appearance and structure of some seaweed and sponges My work now reflects influences from my past and incorporates some elements of my present environment. Combining a combination of these ideas from past and present has proved challenging bearing in mind they must compliment one another and maintain a balance with itself I still rely on the wood to direct me, working with grain direction and pattern, blemishes and voids The final destination is a piece that will inspire close inspection; thinking and feeling that the work is at peace in it’s surroundings

Artist Statement

Timber a living breathing organism that captures my imagination. The opportunity to express thoughts and ideas in a tangible creation that continues to react within it’s environment. To design and create in timber posses many challenges both in structure and integrity. The pleasure I derive from my work is simple, a joy and passion to create pieces of work