My painting practice and work deals with themes of memory; mourning and history in relation to the contemporary. History and historical narratives inform my work, extend into mythology and stories exploring personal identity; culture and oneness. I am interested in the ecstasy of colour, post modern strategies of painting such as still life, portraiture and story telling, and how my position finds itself in a post-modern South African and world context. I have recently been experimenting with expanded painting and physically extending paintings beyond the canvas and the wall.
Joe Turpin (b.1995) is a South African visual artist. Born in Johannesburg, Turpin graduated from the University of the Witwatersand in 2018 with a degree (BA Hons) in Fine Art and has participated in a variety of group exhibitions and research based residencies locally and internationally, as well as being featured in various online and printed publications. Turpin was a Top 3 finalist in the 2018/19 Cassirer Welz Award. Turpin lives and works in Johannesburg, and is a prospective MFA candidate at the Pratt Institute in New York.
Web site: https://foundwork.art/artists/joeturpin