Both rigorous and understated, Turner’s paintings are composed of quiet, unanticipated colors within a linear framework. An avid gardener, her work reflects careful observation of the natural world – the internal geometry of a leaf, the delicate hue and soft, tender surface of a petal. The paintings are precise and exquisitely wrought – thin layers of pigment are applied, sanded and scraped, developing a smooth, silky veneer of color that seems to breathe and radiate outward. On canvases or panels no larger than 16 x 16 inches, the works’ complexity and intricacy defy their literal dimensions.
Lynne Woods Turner was born in 1951 in Dallas, Texas. She received her BFA from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri in 1973, and obtained both a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. Turner is a recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Turner's work is in the permanent collections of the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Diego Museum of Art, CA; the Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles; the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT. Turner lives and works in Portland, Oregon.