Alex Turp is originally from Cardiff, South Wales; he now lives and works in South London. He studied Illustration and Visual Media at the London College of Communication (UAL).
Turp’s work centres around the imagery of the human form; specifically, the human form interacting with itself and its surroundings, as well as interacting with the social context of the here and now. Within his work, Turp explores the possibilities within all people to harbour blinding beauty and unconscionable ugliness, he aims to peel back the shrouds which we cloak ourselves in, giving shape and form to the previously hidden aspects of ourselves. By representing the human experience through the human form, Turp is able deconstruct it for the volatile times we live in. Times are changing, the world is moving ever faster with no time wasted by society in looking back at those who are left behind. We live in a time of extremes, a time of strongmen with their hands on the pulleys of power and strong women who aim to cut those ropes and establish a balance that humanity has never before seen. We see the high streets left abandoned and those who used to find employment there, now can be see listlessly wandering from doorway to alcove. Makeshift settlements of tents are the new favelas of a developed society.
Within his work you can see elements of religious imagery, a rich language of humanities attempts to not only understand ourselves but the great unknown. Turp was brought up in a Methodist household, something which left him spiritually bereft, but he found that he is always drawn back to the power and the glory in which religion can produce some of the most beautiful works of art, works which cross the barriers of language, race and class. These conventions of religious iconography are something which he attempts to weave into his work as they speak of more than just salvation, of God, they are able to speak of human suffering, of class struggle and the optimism of hope against the backdrop of darkness. Within his work there is a struggle in which he offers us a chance to come to terms with who we are and the moment in which we find ourselves.
Turp’s aim is to explore the definition of colour and perspective in relation to form and how people associate these things with themselves, framing these topics in an intimate context with which he hopes will create a dialogue between viewers, breaking down walls to the work and a larger more interesting world. Turp experiments with the means of creation and the materials which he uses as painting surfaces, utilising discarded objects he finds to convey the message of a generation that feels ignored by those that have come before us. To search for the honesty within something is truly the act of creating something worthwhile. The work is an attempt to express true anger and fear, whilst also being a vehicle for greater understanding in search of something better than we have now.
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