Painting on location in Monterey

Original paintings by Joaquin are available exclusively at The Joaquin Turner Gallery and next door at the Carmel Art Association - more info


Born among the gnarled cypress trees and windswept dunes of Fort Ord (overlooking the Monterey Bay), Joaquin's childhood began with a visceral connection to the area's unique landscape and ethereal light. As a child, his father's career moved the family to Germany where Joaquin was introduced to some of the world's greatest art museums through family road trips to Italy, France, Austria, and Holland. He was deeply inspired by the Old Masters he encountered in the museums and showed promise as an artist from an early age. Joaquin enrolled in private painting classes in Germany, where he fell in love with oil painting and studying the techniques of the Masters. His father's retirement brought the family back to the Monterey area permanently, allowing Joaquin to finish high school in Pacific Grove. Upon discovering the works of the early Monterey Peninsula artists as a teenager, Joaquin was mesmerized by the mystical quality of their work and inspired to paint the local landscape. Years later, his passion for the area has only grown and can be seen in his unique aesthetic, reminiscent of the early artists' spiritual vision, yet completely his own.

Joaquin is highly influenced by the works of late 19th/early 20th century Monterey Peninsula and San Francisco Bay Area artists, including Charles Rollo Peters, William Ritschel, Arthur Mathews, William Keith, Armin Hansen, Gottardo Piazzoni, and Percy Gray. Joaquin's work displays a fervent spirituality and deep admiration for the unparalleled beauty of the Monterey Peninsula.

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*Summer/Fall 2021 - Monthly Carmel Art Walk Edit: The Carmel Art Walk will resume this Summer in July - click here for more info. The Joaquin Turner Gallery is proud to be a part of the Carmel Art Walk. Second Saturday of every month, 4-7PM - Tour ARTIST OWNED GALLERIES and meet the artists who today carry on the Carmel art colony legacy! More info

*3/22/21 - Joaquin was happy to take part in a new documentary on Carmel's early Bohemian art colony - Bohemian Soul: A Colony Awakens. Now available to watch for free on YouTube here

*7/10/20 - The Joaquin Turner Gallery is currently open for business - we follow the guidelines of the CDC for cleaning and social distancing. Business hours have been limited to Friday-Monday 12-5pm - also by appointment throughout the week.

*2/22/20 - Book discussion and signing by Joaquin Turner and Cynthia Wagner Weick for Preserving Nature: A Field Guide to the Art and Artists of the Monterey Bay, an accessible hands-on book, which allows readers to experience the Monterey Bay through the eyes of 22 renowned Early California artists. The talk will be held at the Carmel Art Association on Saturday, February 22, 5-6PM. More info

*10/12/2019 Local winemakers team up with local artists for the second annual Meet the Makers Art & Wine Walk. Meet Carmel's local artists in their own galleries while sipping Monterey County wines. Event is free - $25 donation for wine tasting More info

*6/8/19 Carmel Art Association New Member Show - opening reception. Joaquin is honored to be selected as CAA’s newest Artist Member! Exhibit runs from June 06-July 03. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 5-7 pm. More info

*5/19/17-5/21/17 24th Annual Carmel Art Festival - Best Oil Painting Award

*9/19/15 The Joaquin Turner Gallery presents Une Soirée Bohémienne - A bohemian themed reception and celebration.   Sat, Sept 19th 4:30-7:30PM, Dolores St. btwn 5th & 6th, Carmel

*6/12/14, 6PM Monterey Museum of Art presents Echoes of California's Tonal Past a lecture by local artist Joaquin Turner held at the Museum’s La Mirada location: 720 Via Mirada. Thursday, June 12, 6PM. More info

*11/23/13-12/23/13 Randy Higbee Gallery 6" Squared Exhibit - Costa Mesa, CA - Juried by Jean Stern, Jeff Horn, and Randy Higbee - Gallery Award winner

*5/16/13-5/19/13 20th Annual Carmel Art Festival - Best Local Artist and Mayor's Choice Award

*5/12/11-5/15/11 18th Annual Carmel Art Festival - People's Choice Award

*12/10-5/11 Monterey Bay PAPA Group Exhibit - Corral de Tierra Country Club - First Place

*7/26/10-7/31/10 FBCA Alameda Plein Air Paint-Out Plein Air painting competition - Patron's Choice Award

*4/2/10-4/30/10 Frank Bette Center for the Arts Group Exhibit - Best of Show Award

*1/1/10-1/31/10 Frank Bette Center for the Arts Group Exhibit - Sponsors Award