Terry Turrell Biography

Terry Turrell

American

1946-

Biography

American sculptor and painter Terry Turrell was born in Spokane, WA, in 1946. Primarily self-taught, Turrell works with various original and found medias to create sculpture, paintings, and assemblages. He credits a creative family with inspiring his foray into art, as well as a mild bout of polio at the age of eight just one year before the vaccine became available in the U.S. He spent his sickbed days drawing and building toys from objects at hand.

 

Turrell traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest throughout his late teens and early twenties, supporting himself by selling handmade wares. Though he considered himself creative, he did not begin to pursue traditional art—as opposed to crafts—until the mid 1980s. In 1989 he held his first exhibition, a solo show at the MIA Gallery in Seattle, WA, and has since exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and in Paris, France.

 

Selected solo exhibitions:

2007; Galerie Lafor Openo, Paris France; Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA; American Primitive Gallery, NY, NY; 2006: Second Thoughts, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA; 2005: Paintings and Sculpture, American Primitive Gallery, New York, NY; 2004: Faithful Companions, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA; 2003: Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA; American Primitive Gallery, New York, NY; Modern Primitive Gallery, Atlanta, GA; 2002: In Good Company, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA; Good Intentions, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA; 2001: American Primitive Gallery, New York, NY; Modern Primitive Gallery, Atlanta, GA; 2000: Rough Edges, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle WA; Token Gesture, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA; 1999: American Primitive Gallery, New York, NY; 1998: Halfway In Between, Grover/Thurston Gallery, Seattle, WA; Ear To The Ground, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA; 1996: American Primitive Gallery, New York, NY; Shelter, Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA; 1995: Sticks and Stones, MIA Gallery, Seattle, WA; 1989 - 1992: MIA Gallery, Seattle, WA

 

Selected collections:

 

The American Visionary Museum

House of Blues

Microsoft Corporation