Roy Turner Durrant

Roy Turner Durrant (1925-1998)

Roy Turner Durrant was born in Lavenham, Suffolk. After serving in the Suffolk Regiment during the second World War, he studied at Camberwell School of Art from 1948-1952 under John Minton.

His early work is characterised by neo-romantic interpretations of landscape but he was subsequently influenced by the early work of Roger Hilton, Alan Reynolds and Keith Vaughan, which resulted in his art becoming increasingly abstract. His later work also revealed the influence of European abstraction, featuring linear structure and patterns reminiscent of Vieira da Silva’s labyrinths, and eventually led to compositions in which he used interlocking abstract shapes.

Roy Turner Durrant ran Cambridge’s respected Heffer Gallery from 1963 to 1976 and towards the end of his life he lived as a recluse in Cambridge. A love of the East Anglian countryside is a recurring theme throughout his work. His work is included in public collections including the Imperial War Museum, Bradford City Art Gallery, Kettles Yard, Cambridge and Balliol College, Oxford. He exhibited with the Leicester Galleries, the Cromwell Gallery, the Beaux Arts Gallery, Kensington Art Gallery, the Royal Academy, and the Belgrave Gallery.

Literature: ‘Roy Turner Durrant’, Peter Davies, Sansom & Co., 2011.

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