Roy Turner Durrant

Roy Turner Durrant (1925–1998) was born in Lavenham, Suffolk, on 4 October 1925.
He had a love of drawing from an early age which continued as a driving force throughout his life.  He had his first exhibition in the Lavenham Guildhall while still at school which he left at 14 years of age and continued to spend his spare time drawing and painting. He worked in a local electrical shop until the advent of the war when he joined the Suffolk Regiment.
After the war he secured a place at Camberwell College of Arts where he was taught by Edward Ardizone amonst others. Whilst at Camberwell he was already exhibiting his paintings in London galleries and his work moved from landscape and architectural interest to abstraction. In 1963 he moved to Cambridge where he was Art Gallery Manager at Heffers a well known art and booksellers, continuing his vocation of painting on his days off.
He exhibited frequently throughout his life, holding numerous one man exhibitions both locally and in London and regularly had pieces included in the RA Summer Exhibitions. His works have been collected by public galleries, universities and colleges worldwide and interest in his work both in Britain and overseas has continued since his death in 1998.
There have been several subsequent exhibitions of his work including a one man show at the Fine Art Society in New Bond Street London in May 2008. A book by Peter Davies about Roy Turner Durrant was published in 2011.


# Modern British Artists