Painter, draughtsman and teacher, born in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Lancashire, who was noted for his portrayal of the industrial north tinged with a grim romanticism. He left school at 14 and went into dead-end jobs, his art master refusing to recommend him for art school because “my lines wobbled”. During World War II he was drafted into the Army, where he saw Portsmouth “bombed to bits”. Turner studied at Derby College of Art, for 11 years was a “picture faker”, practising the old craft of hand-colouring black-and-white photographs, and went on to teach for Manchester Education Committee. He was a member of MAFA and RCamA, also exhibiting with RI, RBA, Tib Lane Gallery in Manchester, Pitcairn Gallery in Knutsford, Compton Gallery in Windsor and Boundary Gallery.

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

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