Will Turley



Will Turley, is a self-taught artist, born on February 11, 1992 in Thibodaux, Louisiana.  He took his first art class at H. L. Bourgeois High School in Gray, Louisiana, but attributes his love of Lego play with making constructions requiring attention to line and color which are his primary interests in the predominately abstract expressionist mode he currently works in.  His first copying of a known work of art was a pastel rendering of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night when he was about 10 years old.  Among his current influences are Gerhard Richter, John Hathorn (ULL), Meghan Fleming (McNeese State University), and Megan Barra.  More of his work can be seen on his internet site abstractacrylics.net



I started painting in 2011 because I wanted something to last, something to go against the shift and transience I felt all around me.  I wanted to make art that I myself enjoyed so I found myself moving away from representational forms.  The abstract appeals to me because of its openness and the ways that it is easily accessible to those people who think outside the representational model.  I am perhaps drawn first to color in a painting, then forms, then dynamics, then the idea of composition as a whole.  But it is color first and color finally that guides me in the composition.  For me when the composition looks or feels whole, that is the point at which I consider the painting finished.  For me, that point is the point when I stop seeing the separate parts as separate parts, that point when the painting coalesces into something that I recognize or perceive as imaginatively whole and complete.  Not in the sense that it is or says anything definitive but in the sense that it suggests that it has a place in the world of ideas and images.