Tuesday, 9 April 2013

William Turnbull at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England

One of the many UK artists of the post war period that didd'nt get the recognition he deserved as an innovator and radical force for abstraction in both his paintings and sculptures. William Turnbull, who died last year at the age of 90, is being shown in the grounds of Chatsworth House, (the old house of Debo) in the gardens and grounds once designed by Capability Brown. He made his name with the Independent Groupin the 1960's, he was once a friend of many of the modernists in Europe, such as Giacometti, the grumpy Brancusi and Picasso, as well as knowing the Americans and especially Rothko. Where as Turnbull's work did'nt have the punch of these greats, he did nonetheless, define a sense of adventure in his work and subtle innovation. most importantly he understood the visceral power and materiality of the bronze or oil paint he chose to work with and they will transcend our times..
You may wish to read his obituary in the Guardian here. Alistair Sooke's review in the Telegraph here. and the William Turnbull official website which is excellent.
This is great film made about Turnbull made by his two sons before he died last year, and it'swell worth watching. William Turnbull. Here's a clip...'Beyond Time'


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