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Khari Turner (B. 1991, Milwaukee, WI)
Khari Turner (B. 1991, Milwaukee, WI)
Khari Turner (B. 1991, Milwaukee, WI)
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Khari Turner (B. 1991, Milwaukee, WI)

Entering Hope Adjacent

Khari Turner (B. 1991, Milwaukee, WI)
Entering Hope Adjacent
Signed (on the reverse)
Charcoal, acrylic, and oil paint on paper
72 x 48 in. (182.9 x 121.9 cm.)
Executed in 2020.


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Celine Cunha

Lot Essay

“I’ve been trying to convince my shadow that I’m someone worth following. — Rudy Francisco, My Honest Poem
My work right now is a diary of struggle and overcoming struggle. I’m exploring the history of black defeat, black revolutions, and black accomplishments coalescing through mark making, realism, and expressionism. I pull from my life growing up in Milwaukee, WI. My ambitions are to render my connection to blackness and to have a conversation about black issues without creating images displaying the pain black people have gone through or go through. This is the duality I want to put into the work. The noses and lips of black skin represent my history and connection to my heritage, but they also represent the fact that people with wider noses, thicker lips, and darker skin statistically getting longer prison sentences in the US and this positive and negative is what drive the point of the work.

My Story
I was born April of 91’ in Milwaukee, WI. I lived in Milwaukee until spring of 2015, so the influence of Milwaukee comes into the work often, especially water. Growing up in a city next to a great lake, I sat next to the water all the time in reflection. I was raised by a single mother but lived with my grandparents for much of my life. At the age of 8, I took an interest in art from school peers and much from my grandfather, my grandfather was a draftsmen and carpenter, often making many things around the house.
Between 2009 and 2015 was my struggle and a big part of why I work so hard to make work now. I was not in school I was working a minimum wage retail job and switching between warehouse jobs, I had cheerleading and working for the NBA as entertainment some nights, but life was stale and unfulfilling, except for the summer. Growing up I was in many programs, the most important being a nonprofit called Lake Valley Camp. This camp changed my life, taking trips in the summer of 2003 as a camper to working there until 2014 as Art Director. Camp is a big part of my long-term goals now. I want to start an organization that specializes in giving back efforts to young artist and creating murals in low income environments to promote community health, pride, and clean neighborhoods, while trying to fight gentrification of these areas. Being an artist is so much about giving and I feel it’s so important to give back to the community.
In 2015 I left Milwaukee and enrolled at Austin Peay State University moving my whole life to Tennessee where I received my BFA in studio art. Austin Peay was a large turning point for my artistic practice and really helped me find my voice in my work the four years I was there. But the biggest change came in summer 2019 at the Chautauqua residency that my work started to form and become what it is now. In 7 weeks, I made a lot of work and had the open opportunity to really focus on what I wanted most, outside of classroom and school limitations, questioning even if painting or sculpture was the right path to take. Eventually I found what I was looking for. Currently I am at Columbia University working as hard as I can to articulate exactly what my work looks and feels like. I have a lot of different ideas but what’s most important is that I stay true to be a good person, donating what I can, and focusing on the actual work. I have come a long way and there is nothing more I love then creating. I can’t stop working now and going back to my old life I left that when I moved to TN and the dream is now, so that’s what I’m doing!

Scholarships All scholarships based in TN unless specified:
2020: Shops Fellowship (Columbia)
2019: Barbara Beach Art Scholarship
2018: EM Special Scholarship
2017: C.E. Hunt, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
2017: Barbara Beach Art Scholarship
2017: Center for Creative Arts Work hours
2016: EM Special Scholarship
2016: Barbara Beach Art Scholarship
2016: Summer Research Grant
2015: Chloe & Watkins Northington Scholarship

2015: Neebo Scholarship
2015: Performance Art Scholarship

Summer Monty Residency , (TN) 2016
Chautauqua Residency (NY) 2019
Iris Project Residency (CA) 2020

Exhibitions/ Juried Shows All shows not specified as solo are group shows:
2020: One Way Ticket, Steve Turner Gallery(CA)
2020: For The Culture, Miami Beach Urban Studios(FL)
2019: Chautauqua School of Art Students and Emerging Artist Exhibition , Chautauqua Art Gallery(NY)

All following Exhibits are in Clarksville, TN, unless specified…
2019: Behind Bars, Beyond Borders, Barbara Beach Gallery (Solo)
2018: Cable car juried show (Nashville, TN)
2017: Fissure: A Rift Between Us, Gallery 108 (Solo)
2017: Three Tales of difference, Tree of life Gallery (Solo)
2017: Passing and Time Alone, Simple Strokes art studio, (Solo)
2016 Personal Geographies, Track 1, Group Exhibition (Juried) (Nashville)

Instagram: @khari.raheem 
Courtesy the artist and 
Destinee Ross-Sutton & Associates
Art Curation, Advisory and Management 
IG : @desti.knee
email: destineerosssuttonassociates@gmail.com

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