"Dale at the sauna"
Keith Turnbull "Dale at the sauna", 2009, handbuilt clay sculpture, salt-fired, H 43cm x W 17cm x D 23cm
Clay sculptures by Edmonton artist Keith Turnbull
February 18 – March 24, 2012
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, February 18 from 2-4 pm
In our western society, we are bombarded with very specific ideals of beauty, based on youth, slender bodies and regular features. But of course these so-called ideals have nothing to do with who women really are and how they really look. Their real beauty has little if anything to do with media images. My show tries to deal with the disconnect between popular image and reality.
– Keith Turnbull
Keith Turnbull graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in 1966 and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Library Sciences in 1969. Keith began his art education in 1992 by attending courses in sculpture at the University of Alberta’s Extension Department and later at the Edmonton City Arts Centre, Harcourt House Arts Centre and the Sculptor’s Association of Alberta. He is active in the Edmonton Arts community, sitting at various times on the boards of Fringe Theatre Adventures and the Edmonton Arts Council (past chair). He is currently vice president of Harcourt House Arts Centre and sits on the executive of the Sculptors’ Association of Alberta.
Keith’s goal is to create figurative sculpture that portrays people in all their diversity. He believes that our real heroes are not those that receive riches and awards, but those who modestly work, raise children, create art, share their knowledge and continue the struggle for a human society on the surface of our beautiful planet. He especially likes to work from live models who are representative of the diversity of the population, and who themselves are interesting people who enjoy the creative atmosphere of the sculpture studio. These models, and the resultant sculptures, represent a wide range of body types, ethnicities and ages to show the true beauty of women.