Hometown: Columbus, OH
Iconic North American birds stream across the canvas in Jim Turanchik’s new series of paintings, “Birds in Flight.” Drawing on decades of experience watching birds and painting them, the artist has adapted the transparent qualities of acrylic media to capture the raw power and beauty of avian flight.
“Birds,” Jim says, “are astonishing feats of aeronautical engineering, beautifully perfected over countless millennia in the crucible of natural selection. They never fail to amaze me.”
The painter’s roots are in abstract expressionism. “That’s all about the quest for form, marshaling the elements of design to make a meaningful statement.” His focus changed dramatically after a close encounter with a Blackburnian Warbler. “It was an epiphany. Here was form-making at the deepest level, and the results, from an aesthetic perspective, were stunningly beautiful. The measure of success, more critically, was not a place on a museum wall, but a place in the biosphere. That moment was transformational for me.”
The artist’s work has appeared in the “Birds in Art” and “Naturally Drawn” exhibits at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, “Bird Watcher’s Digest,” the Brukner Nature Center, the Midwest Birding Symposium, the National Aviary, and most recently was exhibited at the American Birding Expo in Philadelphia. A graduate of Ohio State University, he lives in Columbus, Ohio.