Jerrold Turner is one of the Bay Area’s prominent Plein Air painters and a founding member of The Outsiders, a group of plein air painters whose colorful, Fauvist style relates back to such groups as the Society of Six, the Fauves and other colorist schools.

Turner is a structural engineer, graduated from UC Berkeley with BS and MS degrees in engineering. He is primarily self-taught in art and painted with Lundy Siegriest and Terry St. John. His early influences were Daubigny, Matisse, William Keith, Seldon Gile and Lundy Siegriest.

Turner’s work radiates with emotion and colorful harmony. He imbues each of his paintings with a strong, intense sense of color. His thick brushworks ooze with paint, bringing about an extraordinary impasto effect. His canvases set him apart from so many outdoor painters by the sheer movement and weight he develops in painting a street scene, parked cars or ordinary buildings. It could be anywhere in the USA, but California is his inspiration and his passion. Hardly an ordinary landscape painter, Turner paints the spirit of fresh air and open sky.

Courtesy of the artist

Painting by Benicia plein air artist Jerrold Turner

Turner is influential in the arts of the San Francisco Bay Area. He taught plein air painting in workshops in Benicia, Walnut Creek and in Virginia City, NV. He has also curated several exhibits for Arts Benicia Center Gallery. Turner has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows, and his artwork is in collections throughout the United States.

Exhibit In Retrospect
Marilyn Citron O’Rourke Gallery
Benicia Public Library
March 27-April 26