Exhibition for “eccentric” Lynette Turner in Falmouth
An art exhibition celebrating the life of an eccentric Cornwall-based artist will travel to Falmouth next week.
“The Eccentric World of Lynette Turner” will be a free exhibition celebrating the life of printmaker Lynette Turner when it opens June 15 at the Poly on Church Street, Falmouth.
The exhibition will present his adventure stories in etching and watercolor, designed as abstract stained glass panels, color linocuts and the graphically detailed fine lines of the buildings.
His humorous narrative fantasies invariably feature his cats Clarence and Therefore, and the lurcher dog Perditus ‘the lost’, so called because he was found ‘a poor thing lost in the hedges of Norfolk’, and adopted from Battersea Dogs. Home. His pictorial menagerie also included squirrels, birds, beavers, foxes, pigs, sheep, fleas, and an elephant in a tub.
Before moving from London to Cornwall in 1993, Heals and Liberty featured Turner’s work in their art departments and two of his etchings were selected for the Royal Academy’s summer exhibitions.
Another artist and cousin, Gail Turner, said: “Lynette’s skills as an artist and printmaker were exceptional.
“We love the prints we have of her, Kew’s spiky plant, the creepy graveyard almost out of a ‘Grimms fairy tale,’ which has a brilliant use of the aquatic hue.”
“A unique and brilliant artist – and much more.”
Natalie Costin-Kelly, a friend of Lynette’s since her college days, added, “Lynette could be furiously bored, and his wonderful, quirky and creative mind always needed something to keep him engaged.
“She was very receptive to everything she saw around her.
“I guess it’s that keen eye, that joy, and that fascination with the physical world that she brought to her job that makes it so interesting.”
Lynette lived in Penryn and Falmouth.
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She was treasurer of the “Friends of Glasney” in Penryn, an enthusiastic member of the history group Poly, and has exhibited in the members’ summer exhibitions.
In his last home in St Keverne, on the Lizard, was a treasure trove of over 150 original images, mostly prints, displayed on the walls throughout the house, as well as paintings and work from his years of student at the City & Guilds of London Art. School.
This personal collection is exhibited by his brother Louis Turner in tribute to his talented sister who died last November. He also produced an illustrated biographical catalog which, along with part of the work, will be on sale during the free exhibition.
‘The Quirky World of Lynette Turner’ runs June 15-26 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, at The Poly’s Spring and Main Galleries, Church Street, Falmouth.
For more information call 01326 319461 or email: [email protected]