Some time back I was contacted by local Chicago artist Francine Turk's rep, Megan Knott, to see if I would like to come in for a studio tour. Being quite passionate about art and very interested to see more of an artists work I had only previously seen a small amount of I agreed immediately. After a touch of back and forth on scheduling, I found myself at the front door of Ms. Turk's studio this past Thursday (26 may 2011).
Turk sprang into national attention when several of her works were used in the Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston movie The Break-Up. The exposure in the film created an instant demand for her art and now her pieces can be found in the homes of several serious collectors.
Here is a great shot of some of Turk's pieces in The Break-Up. If you watch the movie closely you can see Turk's artwork in pretty much every room of the main characters apartment (trust me, I did this after my studio tour).
While best known for her nudes, which are absolutely captivating, Turk has a body of work that is in my opinion clever, original and passionate. Some of the newer pieces I saw on my tour show a wonderful evolution of her signature style. There was one in particular that I instantly fell in love with (pictured below). And without further ado...
I love the antique frames Francine uses for her work.
Here is a beautiful work still on the easel.
And here is my absolutely favourite piece, while the image doesn't do it the justice it deserves, it is a visually striking work yet wonderfully ethereal.It is the second architectural piece Francine has done. Megan (Turk's rep) told me that they are hoping that Francine will start a series of these...I desperately hope she does. I have a potential client back in Rhode Island that I am going to seriously suggest have a commission done of one of these pieces.
While that is all the images from my tour (my thanks to Megan for taking a few of the images when my phone decided to become completely useless), here are a few random images of Turk's work that I love.
This one is from a headstone rubbing Francine did at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Père Lachaise is famous for many of the individuals buried there like Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust, Edith Piaf and personal favourite Oscar Wilde (if you should find yourself in the city of lights make the time to have a look, you won't be disappointed. I try to stop by whenever I'm there).
In closing let me express my thanks to Megan Knott for extending the invitation and for the wonderful tour, I had a great time and it was indeed a pleasure meeting you. It was also a pleasure to see Turk's new design director Jessica Lynn White, whom I first met last year.