Vibrant Art Lights Up History Museum

Harbor History Museum will host a special exhibit featuring the work of Washington painter William Turner through February 28th in the Museum’s Lobby Gallery. The exhibit will feature four vibrant and energetic paintings by Turner, including “Birdland,” a 90” by 66” oil on canvas work that is both visually engaging and meditative.

William Turner is a Washington native whose bright paintings and bold brushwork are a perfect contrast to the grey Pacific Northwest winter skies. Color and movement has long been central to Turner’s approach to painting. During his studies at the University of Washington for his Master of Fine Arts, William Turner studied with Jacob Lawrence, a master colorist whose influence is clear in Turner's exuberant use of color. After receiving his MFA, William Turner studied with both Michael Spafford and Alden Mason, two renowned painters from the Pacific Northwest. While Turner’s work is representative of the school of West Coast Abstract painting, other types of creative expression can be seen in his work. Turner has been strongly influenced by jazz music, and the genre's improvisational rhythms make themselves visible on the canvas.

Turner's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums from New York to Seattle. A recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, his paintings are part of the collections at the Washington State Art Commission, Tacoma Art Museum, Amgen Corporation, and many other private and corporate collections around the country. Moreover, he has shown locally for nearly 20 years at the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle and is currently represented by Ryan James Fine Arts in Kirkland, WA.

Harbor History Museum’s Lobby Gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about Harbor History Museum, please contact, call 253-858-6722 ext. 5, or visit Harbor History Museum’s website at Find the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.