Ralph Turturro

Born in: 1957, Queens, NYC

Lives in: Cortland, NY

Media: Painting, Mixed media, Collage, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Love - loss - balance

Dinosaurs in the Dust - Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

"Some works this year soon after and around losing Terrie dealt with empty space as a metaphor of loss and beauty and awe and mystery; space and air and ground. Everything starts arbitrary and moves in direction of non-arbitrary; about form about balance which in turn fosters content."

Describe your creative process.
To be Free and uncompromising - let it fly - don't apologize - don't hedge - no regrets - throw yourself headlong into your fears and shortcomings - and if you're not doing it then do it the very next time - this is a pursuit you never get to the end of - always learning - in fact that is the objective - to learn - and if you are full of shit - it smacks you right in the face.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
conversation - loss - love
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
The answers are so subjective. I will say Tapies and Twombly make great art. If I had a lot of money the paintings I would own are examples of what I believe is great art; Matisse's 'Piano Lesson' and 'View from Notre Dame' and 'The Moroccans', also Picasso's 'Night Fishing in Antibes'.
What is the role of the artist today?
I am an artist to learn better how to be alive and love and accept loss. I do not know what the role of the artist is today! But this is how I feel about things: might can see me through all this allowing it all in each piece is some part of me like dreams are like conversations poems and songs can be like what you are saying reading writing painting what textures you are inside of outside of the colors that make you blind to others to relations and ships to starts and finishes

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