Roy Turner Durrant

Roy Turner DURRANT (1925-1998)

Painter and poet, was born in Lavenham, Suffolk. After a childhood interest in 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 the 1950s his work 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’. As well as his work as an artist, Durrant was also a director of the Heffer Gallery, Cambridge, 1963-76.
Durrant showed his work from time to time at the Royal Academy from 1950, and also at the New English Art Club and with the Free Painters and Sculptors, of which two groups he was a full member. His works are held in many public collections and a major retrospective exhibition was held in London at The Fine Art Society in 2008. A book by Peter Davies on Roy Turner Durrant’s work was published in 2011.

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