Artist Khari Turner smiling wearing a red sweatshirt

Khari Turner

Memories ebb and flow through soulful, meditative canvases.

“If I met my ancestors at the edge of the ocean, would I bring flowers?”

Khari Turner’s impressionistic paintings set their obscured Black subjects adrift in waves of memory. Water is a major source of inspiration, especially its relationship to the African American experience: recalling the transatlantic slave trade, racially segregated swimming pools of the mid-20th century and the artist’s own childhood on the shores of Lake Michigan. It is depicted stylistically th...

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Khari Turner (he/him) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1991, and now lives and works in New York.


Turner held his first New York solo-show, Breathing Water to Air, at Ross-Sutton Gallery in the summer of 2021. In 2022 his work will be presented at the Venice Biennale.

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Water collected from places of personal importance is mixed into Turner's paint, including the Milwaukee River, the Hudson River and the coast of Senegal.

Collaborations with Khari Turner