William Ralph Turner – The Viaduct (Sold)


William Ralph Turner – The Viaduct Original Painting for Sale


ARTIST: William Ralph Turner

TITLE: The Viaduct

TYPE: Original Oil Painting on Board

Originally purchased from Clark Art – Features in the Will Turner Book.

William Ralph Turner – The Viaduct

William (Bill) Turner was born in 1920 in Manchester in poor circumstances. He left school at 14 to take a series of odd jobs.
His family had an unsubstantiated belief that they were descended from the famous landscape artist Joseph Mallord William Turner, and at 17 William Turner painted a small version of a JMW Turner landscape for his studio wall.
Although William Ralph Turner and the most famous exponent of ‘Northern art’ L.S.Lowry, knew each other. Turner disliked being placed in the same category as Lowry.
For about 60 years Turner painted the North West and surrounding areas, often from memories and images obtained while indulging his passion for cycling long distances.  A prolific painter, altogether he painted thousands of pictures, including several hundred that featured the Stockport Viaduct.
He was discovered by Peter Burdett (of The Pitcairn Gallery) in the 1970s. Peter commissioned him to paint Lyon in France. He continued to find fame, recognition and some fortune in the 1980s when he had exhibitions in Windsor and Eton.
He was re discovered by David Gunning, an art dealer from Todmorden, in 2000, when Turner was 80.  However over the next five years Gunning sold as many as 3000 Turner paintings. Starting a process by which interest in and prices for his work began to rise dramatically.
Parkinson’s Disease eventually forced William Ralph Turner to stop painting. Sadly Turner died in 2013, having lived to, as some critics put it, ‘step out from Lowry’s shadow’, and enjoy widespread acclaim

WILLIAM R TURNER F.R.S.A. R.Cam.A (1920-2013)

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