Louis Turpin

To see a review from Louis' 2013 Bohun Gallery show in The Daily Telegraph click here

Louis Turpin was born 1947 in post-war London, the eldest son of artists living in Brixton. On leaving school Louis Turpin studied Architecture for eighteen months before changing direction and going to Art School. The last half of his Fine Art painting course was spent film-making and on graduating he became involved in film work in London.

In 1975 Louis Turpin began to concentrate on painting & in an intense three months period of work moved from abstraction to figuration. The hop garden outside his cottage was the pathway through to figurative painting. Once this change of direction had been consolidated, he began painting his rural environment & at the same time pursued his interest in the figure. These paintings contained the same iconography as his film work. Many canvases were of his wife Davida: dressing, in bed, drinking. A number of portrait commissions and exhibitions followed including an exhibition in Switzerland & shows in the South East. In 1980 he won the South East Arts Major Award & SEA purchased "Patchwork", a painting of Davida. The award enabled him to complete a series of "Provincial Interiors", which made up the nucleus of his first one-man show in 1981 at Oxford, which was timed to coincide with the inauguration of Green College, Oxford.

In 1985, inspired by Vita Sackville-West's gardens at Sissinghurst, he embarked on a continuing series of British Garden paintings. This year was also the start of a series of very successful one-man shows at galleries in Bath, Henley, York and Rye.

In 1986 a portrait of Davida was selected for the National Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and from this he was commissioned to paint "Miss Pears 1986".

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