November 14, 2015 - January 30, 2016
Private preview with the Artist | Saturday, November 14th, 7-9pm
Truth II, 2015, Oil on paper, 64 x 52 inches
KM Fine Arts | Chicago is pleased to present Ascension, a solo exhibition of new works by Chicago-based artist Francine Turk. KM Fine Arts and Francine Turk have partnered with Russell Simmons and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation for this exhibition. 10% of the show’s proceeds will benefit the foundation, which is dedicated to providing inner city youth with significant exposure to the arts, as well as, supporting under-represented artists with exhibition opportunities.
Best known for her emotive charcoal drawings and paintings, Turk is not afraid to breathe soul into her work. She seamlessly blends thoughtful beauty with the raw and vulnerable nuances of life. Deep brooding reds, gold, and blacks are paired with pops of white and bright color in her work, emphasizing drama and intended chaos.
This exhibition focuses on her Ascension series: a soulful contemplation on energy, divinity, and transformation. Her artwork stems from a constant excavation of her truth and is revealed as a layered expression of discovery, evoking a connective and instinctive response from the viewer.
Turk’s work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide. Her works have also been featured on the sets of television series and theatrical releases. Most recently her featured pieces on the breakout hit, Empire, have introduced her to a new audience.
Beginning in 2016, she will be collaborating with the family of Miles Davis on a project that melds fine art, music, technology and social media. Francine will be acting as artist and creative director to a Miles Davis Fine Art Tour that will travel from five to seven cities including Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Paris. Francine will create a series of works inspired by the music and overall genius of Miles Davis to be shown alongside the original drawings and paintings he created throughout his lifetime, many of which have never been shown to the public before this tour.
Francine has a love of art, supporting the “underdog” and giving back to the community. She has partnered with many non-profit organizations in their fundraising efforts including organizations such as local art programs in Chicago, the Lookingglass Theatre Company, MusiCares and Grammy Foundation.