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London to Sydney, Hillman Hunter Rally Car
© the artist. Photo credit: Coventry Transport Museum

London to Sydney, Hillman Hunter Rally Car 1969

Michael Turner (b.1934)

Coventry Transport Museum

Artist in gouache, acrylic and oil, born in Harrow, Middlesex, as Geoffrey Michael Turner, who specialised in aviation and motor sport, plus military, marine and transport subjects. After a year at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, 1951–2, under Gilmore Roberts in the commercial art department, Turner did his National Service in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, then worked in a commercial art studio in London for three years before turning freelance in 1957. His son Graham was also an artist. Turner was a founder-member, twice chairman and then president of the Guild of Aviation Artists, an honorary fellow of the Guild of Motoring Artists and a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. He flew in a wide variety of military aircraft, held a private pilot’s licence and owned a DHC-I Chipmunk, restored in Royal Air Force colours.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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