Irish Artist Directory

John Turner RUA (Irish Artist Directory)

Full Name: John Turner RUA

Lived: 1916 - 2006

Categories: Portraiture, Landscape

Artist Biography

Born in Belfast, Turner first trained in the Belfast College of Art before winning a scholarship to the Slade School of Art in London. In 1941 he returned to Ulster and taught at the Technical and High Schools in Coleraine, but also began to make a reputation as a portraitist. In 1943 he took a studio in Queen Street, Belfast and formed a friendship with a number of his contemporaries, including George Campbell, Gerard Dillon, and Daniel O’Neill.

Much of Turner's work shows the rigour of his pointilliste manner. In 1948 Turner held his first solo show, an Exhibition of Portraits, in Belfast hosted by CEMA. He was a regular to the annual exhibitions of the Royal Ulster Academy and in 1975 was elected a full member.  

John Turner's work was included in 'George Campbell and the Belfast Boys' exhibition (2015). Please click here to view the catalogue.

Turner's work featured in 'Gerard Dillon: Art and Friendships' (2013). Please click here to view the catalogue.

The artist's work was also shown in 'Ulster Artists' exhibition (2010).

John Turner RUA Art Previously On Sale at Adam’s Auctioneers

John Turner RUA (1916-2006) Contempt (1953) Oil on canvas, 59 x 32.5cm (23½ x 12 ¾'') Signed an...

Hammer Price €2,400.00

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John Turner RUA (b.1916) Blackout, The Old Flour Mill Oil on canvas, 38.6 x 38.6cm (15.25 x 15.25...

Hammer Price €1,500.00

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John Turner RUA (b.1916) Fishing on a Donegal lake Oil on board, 38.5 x 50cm (15.25 x 19.75'') Si...

Hammer Price €1,000.00

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John Turner RUA (1916-2006) Castlerock Beach Oil on board, 44 x 59cm (17¼ x 23¼'') Signed on ar...

Hammer Price €700.00

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