Richard Turner | ArtGallery.co.uk
I started to attend Chesterfield Art School at the age of 15, Saturday morning and two evenings a week. I later studied Fine Art, Sculpture and architectural drawings until 18 years old. At which time I spent 2 years as a National Service soldier with the Royal Engineers in Egypt. After National Service I spent several months in the Austrian mountain farms painting in oils with pallet knife. You could sell a good oil painting in those days for the equivalent of an average monthly wage. In 1959 when Chesterfield were twinned with Darmstadt I was commissioned to to paint the famous crooked Spire to be presented to the German Town. I spent another year at art school and then became involved with textile design and connected with such designers as Mary Quant and Donald Davies. In 1962 I married Jean my wife who I had met at art school. We moved to North Yorkshire where I spent several years in the fabric and cashmere industry as a designer. The call of my ancestral roots became too great and so bought a dales farm where we bred pedigree Highland Cattle. I have continued to paint through all these years, inspired by the natural world that I have been so fortunate to live in.
Artworks by Richard Turner