KEN TURNER (b. 1937)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Oil on Board
460 mm x 595 mm
530 mm x 670 mm
Glorious oil painting of a Kingfisher in its natural habitat on the banks of a fast flowing stream, sitting on a branch across a number of rocks with its catch in its beak. The painting has a raw grey day atmosphere, you can really feel the water rushing through the rocks. The detail of the kingfisher's plumage is captured beautifully with the light glistening off its back, the small silver fish wriggling its its powerful beak
Ken Turner is one of our most enduring Artists. Showing with Francis Iles Galleries (Rochester, Kent) since the early 70’s, his name has become synonymous with exquisite wildlife painting.
Ken lives on a narrow boat on the Kennet and Avon canal where the countryside subjects that he paints are on his doorstep.
He will often paint in the field if weather permits but sometimes works from memory.
A true observer, Ken depicts nature as he sees it, from ladybirds bending blades of grass, pheasants beautifully camouflaged in snow to ducks rising from the water. Evocatively portrayed in all conditions, from mist and fog, bright summer sun, to dusky evening light.
A professional artist for over thirty years, Ken knew from an early age that art and nature would be part of his life.
His work has been used to illustrate books and extensively by The Medici Society as greetings cards. As a complete contrast, he was also an Artist in Residence at the opening of a diamond mine in South Africa for a while.
He says, "the one thing that I do know is that I've just got to paint and that compulsion came when I was seven years old. That was the age I found out that the natural world was the only thing I wanted to be involved with".
His thirst for information about the natural world as a child has resulted in an encyclopaedic knowledge of nature.
"In order to satisfy my curiosity, my father had to buy a bird book and give himself a crash course in ornithology. I wanted a parrot as a small boy but the nearest I got to it was a budgerigar. When I started raising nestlings and small animals and then released them into the natural environment, a true feeling of satisfaction came".
The pleasure that Ken gets from painting is "basically the simple juxtaposition of shapes and colours - a simple analysis but quite true". He paints whatever catches his eye but is well known for his paintings of game birds and barnyard fowl.