Introspective / Retrospective..Jim Turner @ 70
Jim Turner: INTROSPECTIVE/RETROSPECTIVE @Gallery Zozimus
Introspective/Retrospective captures the extraordinary breadth of Jim Turner’s creativity, skill and experimentation as a ceramic artist, and archives his substantial contribution to contemporary ceramics in Ireland.
Known as a warm and generous craftsman, his modest disposition cloaks vast knowledge and a long list of accomplishments both at home and abroad. He has known clay all his life. It is part of his DNA.
This exhibition at Gallery Zozimus, is a unique chance to see and acquire show-stopping sculptural pots and collaborative works.
Jim has always thrived on experimentation, combining an array of firing and glazing techniques, where surface is his prime avenue of investigation. “My work is informed by the landscapes and other experiences where I find myself,” says Jim, “but, I am as influenced by the Peninsula formation of Sheep’s Head in West Cork, as by the anonymous Minoan potters of Crete, through to the Futurists, Constructionists and the engineering feats of Frei Otto.”
Jim’s dry glaze pods and tall trophy forms incorporate multiple layers of glazes and slips, which result in outstanding textured surfaces in blues, pinks, and purple hues.
He will also be showing collaborative work, for many years he has partnered with his wife Etain Hickey at Rossmore Country Pottery to create highly colored functional and decorative pots. Throughout his career, Jim has pushed the boundaries of scale by creating larger-than-life sculptures and obelisks. One such object features in this exhibition. The 2m high obelisk, is part of a collaborative project with print maker Brian Lalor. This collection also includes fascinating sculptures, tablets and scrolls by Jim, all influenced by the ancient middle east.
Jim’s love of the sea and how the shape of his early smoke-fired teapots alluded to tall ships at full sail. And there are brand new works to see: a collection of intricate bowls incorporating paper-clay sides, stoneware glazes and dry slips (as seen in photo above).
Jim is a potter’s potter, his steadfast commitment to his art, his tireless development of new ideas and mastery of material, makes this retrospective exhibition of work a truly outstanding achievement and one not to be missed.
Official opening: Thursday 13 September at ?time, and running for 2 weeks until 29 September
@Gallery Zozimus, 56 Francis Street, Dublin 8. Tel. 01-4539057 e: email@example.com
Curator Hilary Morley