William Turnbull 1922 - 2012

Provenance

The Artist
Waddington Galleries, London
Offer Waterman & Co
Private Collection, UK

Exhibitions

New York, Marlborough -Gerson Gallery, Turnbull, October 1963, cat no.14, illus b/w
London, Tate Gallery, William Turnbull: Sculpture and Painting, 15 August - 7 October 1973, cat no.43 illus b/w p41
London, Waddington Galleries, William Turnbull: Sculptures 1946-62/1985-87, 28 October - 21 November 1987, cat no.14, illus colour p39
Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish Art Since 1900, 17 June - 24 September 1989, cat no.338, illus b/w p167; touring to
London, Barbican Art Gallery, 8 February - 16 April 1990
Cambridge, Jesus College, Sculpture in the Close: An Exhibition of the works of William Turnbull, 24 June - 31 July 1990, cat no.8, illus b/w
London, Barbican Art Gallery, The Sixties Art Scene in London, 11 March - 13 June 1993, accompanying book written by David Sylvester, published by Phaidon, illus colour p68, image reversed
London, Serpentine Gallery, William Turnbull: Bronze Idols and Untitled Paintings, Arts Council, 15 November 1995 - 7 January 1996, cat no.19, illus colour
Wolfsburg, Kuntsmuseum, Blast to Freeze: British Art in the 20th Century, Arts Council, 14 September 2002 - 19 January 2003, illus colour p122; touring to:
Toulouse, Les Abattoirs, 24 Feburaury - 11 May 2003
London, Waddington Galleries, William Turnbull: Paintings 1959 - 1963, Bronze Sculpture 1954 - 1958, 24 November - 22 December 2004, cat no.19 illus colour
Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, William Turnbull Retrospective 1946-2003, 14 May - 9 October 2005, catalogue cover image in colour

Literature

David Sylvester (intro) & Patrick Elliot, William Turnbull: Sculpture and Paintings, Merrell Holberton, London 1995, illus colour p35, pl 19
Sally Bonn, L'Art en Angleterre 1945 - 1955, Nouvelles Editions Francaises, Paris, 1996, illus. colour, p102
Waddington Galleries, William Turnbull: Sculpture and Paintings, exhibition catalogue, 1998, illus b/w p10
Amanda A. Davidson, The Sculpture of William Turnbull, The Henry Moore Foundation and Lund Humphries, 2005, cat no.88, illus colour

Description

There are certain images which seem to stay in the memory. I have always been picking up off things which relate to this type of image: when you see people carrying things on their head. I remember seeing an image of somewhere in the West Indies where they had this man walking along a beach and he had this long thin coffin balancing on his head. This image, everytime i see it, seems to act as a trigger: it excites me, i seem to respond to it.
'William Turnbull in conversation with Colin Renfrew', in William Turnbull Sculpture and Paintings, Waddington Galleries, London, 1998, p.10