A Tribute to the Modern-Day Master of Light and Space

By: Rick Hess, DI

James Turrell has been working with colored light and space for nearly 50 years.  His extensive training in perceptual psychology has made him an expert in the field, and he has work all over the world illustrating the power light has on the human condition.  His art has received multiple awards and recognition internationally and he remains one of the most respected artists of the century.  “I make spaces that apprehend light for our perception, and in some ways gather it, or seem to hold it…my work is more about your seeing than it is about my seeing, although it is a product of my seeing.”— James Turrell

This post is a tribute to James Turrell and goes through some of his most extensive pieces from the 1960’s through today.  These images reveal Turrell’s amazing ability to transform space and light as we know it while tapping into our subconscious minds and allowing us to feel and breathe his spaces.

A tribute to James Turrell

Raemar Pink White, 1969, LACMA, Los Angeles, California, USA

Raemar Pink White, 1969, LACMA, Los Angeles, California, USA

Meeting, 1986, P.S. 1

Meeting, 1986, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

James Turrell - The Light Inside, 1999

The Light Inside, 1999, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Roden Crater, 2006

Roden Crater, 2006, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

Twilight Epiphany, 2012

Twilight Epiphany, 2012, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

Within Without, 2012

Within Without, 2012, Australian Garden, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, AU

Aten Reign - James Turrell

Aten Reign, 2013, Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

James Turrell’s work is viewed by architects, interior designers and artists worldwide, and neuroscientists use his work as a platform in studying how light and color effect our experiences. His creative work inspires interior design ideas that dig deep into how space is actually perceived and his work undoubtedly leaves one with a sensational journey through light, color and space.