William Turner 1920-2013

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY - WILLIAM TURNER
William Ralph Turner, born in 1920 was the last of the great Northern Industrial painters who belonged to the Northern School of artists influenced by L.S. Lowry and which included Alan Lowndes, Theodore Major, Roger Hampson and Harold Riley. Lowry followed a personal vision, little influenced by the works of other painters. William Turner, however, in the fifties and sixties was a regular visitor to the exhibitions held at the Crane Kalman Gallery, Manchester, where he absorbed the works of the German Expressionists and the French Fauves particularly Beckmann, Vlaminck, Soutine, Chagall, Rouault, Segonzac. He re-interpreted their colours and techniques and applied them in a very personal way to the industrial landscapes of the N.W. of England.


For over fifty years Turner painted the industrial landscapes of the North-West, depicting images of towering cotton mills, pre-clean-air-act skies, smoking chimneys and swarming humanity struggling to survive amidst the industrial chaos. But always there is a lyrical quality in his works, an empathy with his subject matter; there is never any stiffness in his compositions -- his rows of terraced houses, his cotton mills, his public buildings and his viaducts sway and lean in all directions. In a dark industrial valley, his mills are often painted red, yellow, blue or orange, helping to alleviate the grim reality of what he is depicting.


We also see evidence of his amazing imagination and wide-ranging subject matter distorted images of individual figures or of groups, individual images of cinemas, theatres, pub interiors, small terraces of houses, grimy northern streets, a milkman with his horse, rag and bone men, a road sweeper, two children playing, then the spectrum widens to vast panoramas of the Stockport Valley with the viaduct in the background or of the huge mills of Manchester, Stockport and Salford.


Turner depended for his scintillating creations on his amazing memory -- he could re-create on canvas a street scene, an industrial canal or a view from fifty years ago with such accuracy that the older generation can instantly identify the scenes. This remarkable gift has enabled him to record the times through which he has lived, the fast-disappearing industrial landscape of the 19th and early 20th century and to evoke amongst viewers a feeling of nostalgia for things past. It is essential that such a painter should be given the fullest recognition and that his works be preserved for posterity.


Turner's work is more and more widely collected and is in the collections of Sir Peter Ustinov, Sebastian Coe, Eddie Shah, Freddy Pye, Stockport Art Gallery, Saab Motors, Manchester Education Committee and throughout the world.


In 2010 a best-selling book on his life and work written by Stuart Archer and Bill Clark was published by Clark Art Ltd.


William Turner died on June 10th 2013 at the age of 93. He will be remembered as on one of the most important northern artists of the 20th Century.







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William Turner - A Great Night Out in Blackpool

Oil on Board

7¾ x 8¾ ins (19.68 x 22.23 cms)

Price: £3,750.00

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William Turner - A Morning Break

William Turner

A Morning Break

Oil on canvas

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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William Turner - Albert Square, Manchester

William Turner

Albert Square, Manchester

Oil on Board

8 x 10 ins (20.32 x 25.40 cms)

Price: £3,800.00

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William Turner - Alderley Woods

William Turner

Alderley Woods

Oil on Board

9 x 10 ins (22.86 x 25.40 cms)

Price: £3,950.00

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William Turner - Barge and Canal, Castlefields

Oil on Board

29½ x 23¼ ins (74.93 x 59.06 cms)

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William Turner - Brown Nude

William Turner

Brown Nude

Oil on Board

28½ x 21½ ins (72.39 x 54.61 cms)

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William Turner - Church Yard at Haworth

William Turner

Church Yard at Haworth

Oil on Board

8 x 9 ins (20.32 x 22.86 cms)

Price: £2,900.00

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William Turner - Cottages near Halifax

William Turner

Cottages near Halifax

Oil on Board

8 x 9 ins (20.32 x 22.86 cms)

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William Turner - Group in Town

William Turner

Group in Town

Oil on Board

19 x 22½ ins (48.26 x 57.15 cms)

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William Turner - Group of Buildings, Peak Forest

Oil on Board

8 x 9 ins (20.32 x 22.86 cms)

Price: £2,100.00

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William Turner - Heaton Lane, Stockport

William Turner

Heaton Lane, Stockport

Oil on Board

10 x 8 ins (25.40 x 20.32 cms)

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William Turner - Henley Town Hall

William Turner

Henley Town Hall

Oil on Board

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £7,500.00

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William Turner - Image In Blue

William Turner

Image In Blue

Oil on Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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William Turner - Locked Out

William Turner

Locked Out

Oil on Board

10.25 x 8.25 ins (26.04 x 20.96 cms)

Price: £3,500.00

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William Turner - Man with Drill

William Turner

Man with Drill

Oil on Board

8 x 5 ins (20.32 x 12.70 cms)

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William Turner - Marton Church

William Turner

Marton Church

Oil on Board

8 x 10 ins (20.32 x 25.40 cms)

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William Turner - Off to the Vets

William Turner

Off to the Vets

Oil on Board

8.25 x 10 ins (20.96 x 25.40 cms)

Price: £2,900.00

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William Turner - Oxford Road, Manchester

William Turner

Oxford Road, Manchester

Oil on Board

39 x 32 ins (99.06 x 81.28 cms)

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William Turner - Passage to Higher York St

William Turner

Passage to Higher York St

Oil on Board

21 x 17 ins (53.34 x 43.18 cms)

Price: £7,750.00

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William Turner - Pink Bank Works, Gorton, Cheshire

Oil on Board

22 x 32 ins (55.88 x 81.28 cms)

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William Turner - Princess Street (Limited Edition Print)

Signed Limited Edition Print

16½ x 20 ins (41.91 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £210.00

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William Turner - Railway Road

William Turner

Railway Road

Oil on canvas

30 x 40 ins (76.20 x 101.60 cms)

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William Turner - Scrap Metal Dealer, Red Bank

Oil on Board

8 x 8 ins (20.32 x 20.32 cms)

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William Turner - Self-Portrait

William Turner

Self-Portrait

Oil on Board

14 x 11¾ ins (35.56 x 29.85 cms)

Price: £8,500.00

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William Turner - The Green Island

William Turner

The Green Island

Oil on Board

19 x 23 ins (48.26 x 58.42 cms)

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William Turner - The Joiners Shop, Mottram-St-Andrew

Oil on Board

20 x 24 ins (50.80 x 60.96 cms)

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William Turner - The Red Vase

William Turner

The Red Vase

Oil on Board

14 x 12 ins (35.56 x 30.48 cms)

Price: £5,800.00

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William Turner - The Smithy, Macclesfield

William Turner

The Smithy, Macclesfield

Oil on Board

11 x 12½ ins (27.94 x 31.75 cms)

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William Turner - The Wellington Inn

William Turner

The Wellington Inn

Oil on Board

8 x 9 ins (20.32 x 22.86 cms)

Price: £3,500.00

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William Turner - The Woman

William Turner

The Woman

Oil on Board

24 x 20 ins (60.96 x 50.80 cms)

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William Turner - Underbank, Stockport

William Turner

Underbank, Stockport

Oil on Board

15½ x 14 ins (39.37 x 35.56 cms)

P.O.A.

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William Turner - William Ralph Turner

William Turner

William Ralph Turner

Book

12 x 9¾ ins (30.48 x 24.77 cms)

Price: £35.00

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