William Ralph Turner, who was born in 1920, was the last of the great Northern Industrial painters.
He first exhibited his work at the Manchester Academy in 1949 and continued to make contributions on many occasions thereafter.
During the second half of the 1950s he exhibited at Gibbs Bookshop. He followed that with an exhibition at the Tabb Lane Gallery in 1958. And following that he held a one-man show at the Salford Art Gallery. The Salford exhibition announced his arrival as a fully-fledged Manchester painter. He was unafraid of bringing painterly spontaneity and lyrical energy to the local subject matter.
One of his most individual qualities was his ability to paint Manchester’s most drab industrial area with a palette and handling of pigment associated with the Parisian paintings of Vlaminck. Whilst retaining classic elements of la belle peinture Turner’s paintings never betray the atmosphere, light and visual incidents of the northern industrial scene.
William Ralph Turner’s work is highly collectable and sits in many distinguished collections.