Reg Turner describes his art as “uninfluenced, undisciplined and untrained”. But record sales at a recent show have proved that a lack of formal training is no hindrance. Reg’s artworks are painted in a unique technique that would make art puritans raise their eyebrows. He uses the repellent properties of oil and waterbased Resene house paints to create texture, movement and colour effects reflecting the land and seascapes of his surroundings.
Reg applies the two different types of paint to canvas straight from the can, mixing primary colours with impunity, then manipulates the paint using rollers and sticks and by moving the canvas around to allow the paint to flow. "Oil likes to float on water," says Reg, "so if I put an oil-based paint down and then pour waterbased on top, the oil paint tries to come through to the surface. If I do it the other way, the oil floats around on the surface. By combining the two I get a serendipitous mixing of colour and shapes. I can control it to a certain degree, but then it does its own thing as the two types of paint react.”
Reg’s portfolio of paintings includes seascapes in shining blues, greens and whites and textured landscapes of earthy greys and blacks. "I love the sea and the Golden Bay landscape. '’Ive had a great deal of fun creating artworks that are undisciplined, uninfluenced and untrained, just seeing what happens..."
Reg was born in the West Indies and had a long career in the RAF as a flying officer on Shackletons. As he travelled the world he exhibited and sold his paintings – then more representational works – as he went. He landed in New Zealand in 1972 to join family in Rotorua.
Since then Reg has spent 20 years in the tourism hospitality industry owning lodges. He painted the interiors with Resene paints and they were first to hand when he started painting again after a hiatus period. Reg moved to the Aorere Valley by chance, having seen the property he now owns (a bed and breakfast called Song of the Tui) while on a road trip with an old friend.
Reg will carry on painting although he says he may now blend his unique method with a more representational approach to see where it leads him. Reg’s artworks can be found online at www.regturnerartist.co.nz.
A wide range of artists are using Resene paints in their work, on everything from interior paintings to tactile artworks and mural masterpieces.
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