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Born among the gnarled cypress trees and windswept dunes of Fort Ord (overlooking the Monterey Bay), Joaquin's childhood began with a visceral connection to the area's unique landscape and ethereal light. As a child, his father's career moved the family to Germany where Joaquin was introduced to some of the world's greatest art museums through family road trips to Italy, France, Austria, and Holland. He was deeply inspired by the Old Masters he encountered in the museums and showed promise as an artist from an early age. Joaquin enrolled in private painting classes in Germany, where he fell in love with oil painting and studying the techniques of the Masters. His father's retirement brought the family back to the Monterey area permanently, allowing Joaquin to finish high school in Pacific Grove. Upon discovering the works of the early Monterey Peninsula artists as a teenager, Joaquin was mesmerized by the mystical quality of their work and inspired to paint the local landscape. Years later, his passion for the area has only grown and can be seen in his unique aesthetic, reminiscent of the early artists' spiritual vision, yet completely his own.
In addition to Joaquin's paintings, the gallery features the work of artists who have greatly influenced him - the late 19th/early 20th century Monterey Peninsula and San Francisco Bay Area artists, including Charles Rollo Peters, William Ritschel, Arthur Mathews, William Keith, Armin Hansen, Gottardo Piazzoni, Mary DeNeale Morgan, Francis McComas, and Percy Gray. Continuing in the tradition and ideology of these early artists, Joaquin's work displays a fervent spirituality and deep admiration for the unparalleled beauty of the Monterey Peninsula.
Select Events & Awards:
*10/14/2023 - Local winemakers team up with local artists for the fourth annual Meet the Makers Art & Wine Walk. Meet Carmel's local artists in their own galleries while sipping Monterey County wines. Event is free - $30 donation for wine tasting More info
*5/19/23-5/21/23 - 30th Annual Carmel Art Festival - Mayor's Choice Award
*Spring/Summer 2023 - Monthly Carmel Art Walk The Joaquin Turner Gallery is proud to be a part of the Carmel Art Walk. Second Saturday of every month, 4-7PM - Tour ARTIST OWNED GALLERIES and meet the artists who today carry on the Carmel art colony legacy! More info
*1/26/23 - The Carmel Womens Club hosts a talk by Joaquin Turner and Cynthia Wagner Weick on Early Monterey Artists - Authors of Preserving Nature: A Field Guide to the Art and Artists of the Monterey Bay, an accessible hands-on book, which allows readers to experience the Monterey Bay through the eyes of 22 renowned Early California artists. The talk is open to the public and will be held at the Carmel Womens Club
*10/22/22 - Joaquin is featured in a new documentary on Carmel's early Bohemian art colony - Bohemian Soul: A Colony Awakens. Local History Lecture Series and Film Premier at Carmel's historic Forest Theater, Wed. 10/22, 6:30. Now available to watch for free on YouTube here
*2/22/20 - Book discussion and signing by Joaquin Turner and Cynthia Wagner Weick for Preserving Nature: A Field Guide to the Art and Artists of the Monterey Bay, an accessible hands-on book, which allows readers to experience the Monterey Bay through the eyes of 22 renowned Early California artists. The talk will be held at the Carmel Art Association on Saturday, February 22, 5-6PM. More info
*6/8/19 Carmel Art Association Joaquin is honored to be selected as CAAï¿½s newest Artist Member! Joaquin's New Member Solo Exhibit runs from June 06-July 03. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 5-7 pm. More info
*5/19/17-5/21/17 24th Annual Carmel Art Festival - Best Oil Painting Award
*9/19/15 The Joaquin Turner Gallery presents Une Soiree Bohemienne - A bohemian themed reception and celebration. Sat, Sept 19th 4:30-7:30PM, Dolores St. btwn 5th & 6th, Carmel
*6/12/14, 6PM Monterey Museum of Art presents Echoes of California's Tonal Past a lecture by local artist Joaquin Turner held at the Museums La Mirada location: 720 Via Mirada. Thursday, June 12, 6PM. More info
*11/23/13-12/23/13 Randy Higbee Gallery 6" Squared Exhibit - Costa Mesa, CA - Juried by Jean Stern, Jeff Horn, and Randy Higbee - Gallery Award winner
*5/16/13-5/19/13 20th Annual Carmel Art Festival - Best Local Artist and Mayor's Choice Award
*5/12/11-5/15/11 18th Annual Carmel Art Festival - People's Choice Award
*12/10-5/11 Monterey Bay PAPA Group Exhibit - Corral de Tierra Country Club - First Place
*7/26/10-7/31/10 FBCA Alameda Plein Air Paint-Out Plein Air painting competition - Patron's Choice Award
*4/2/10-4/30/10 Frank Bette Center for the Arts Group Exhibit - Best of Show Award
*1/1/10-1/31/10 Frank Bette Center for the Arts Group Exhibit - Sponsors Award
Arts Group Exhibit - Sponsors Award