Artist Roy Turner Durrant: Organic structures, 1954

Artist Roy Turner Durrant (1925-1998): Organic structures, 1954

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Roy Turner Durrant (1925-1998):
Organic structures, 1954
Passe-partout (ref: 4916)

Signed and dated '54
Pen and ink and pencil, 6 7/8 x 5 1/4 in. (17.5 x 13.5 cm.)

See all works by Roy Turner Durrant ink pen and ink pencil

Painter and poet, born in Lavenham, Suffolk. After a childhood addiction to drawing aeroplanes, he did war service in the Army, then attended Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, 1948-52, being influenced by Keith Vaughan and John Minton. in 1950's developed from figuration to abstraction. He said that any titles on his pictures were "meant to be interpreted as poetry, to engender a state of mind rather than describe exactly what the particular picture is." Was influenced by European abstractionists and by English poetry, such as that of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Thomas Hardy, also by the work of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Dylan Thomas. As well as painting, Durrant was employed in administrative work at Vickers from 1956-63 and was a director of the Heffer Gallery, Cambridge, 1963-76. Showed with Free Painters and Sculptors, of which he was a fellow, and with NEAC, of which he was a member, and quite often with RA from 1950. in 1960 his show at Guildhall, Lavenham, in 1948, he showed regularly, later exhibitions including Loggia Gallery, Gallery of British Art in Lausanne and Belgrave Gallery, 1991. Roy Turner Durrant, Painter and Poet, was held at Chappel Galleries, Chappel, in 2003. Modern British Artists also sold his work. Several dozen public collections hold his work, including Imperial War Museum, Bradford City Art Gallery and Balliol College, Oxford. Lived in Cambridge.

A monograph on Durrant, written by Peter Davies,  is due to be published by John Sansom