Biography

Ken is a renowned painter of beautifully detailed and realistic landscapes and wildlife and has exhibited extensively across the UK and mainland Europe. His patrons include many household names and his paintings appear in the private collections of the Sultan of Oman, Lord Grade, Mr and Mrs Arthur Hailey, Mr and Mrs Frank Bough, Ernie Wise and Mr and Mrs Gerrit Bouman.

He has illustrated the books The Rajah of Bong and Other Owls, Tarkina the Otter and The Dunlop Book of Six Championship Golf Courses of Scotland written by international golfer Sandy Lyle.

Ken's studies of British countryside subjects, domestic fowl and wildlife are particularly prized but he has also painted in Morocco, West and South Africa, Spain, France, Holland, Iceland and Canada. He prefers to paint his meticulously observed works in acrylic on board and canvas and gouache on paper.

Painting now for some thirty years, Ken studied at the Medway College of Art, painting full-time from 1968 when he was represented by The Craftsman Gallery, Newbury and the Francis Iles gallery in Rochester and also selling works at Liberty of London. From 1968-1972 he was represented by the Weitzman Gallery, Bond Street, London and then the Morland Gallery, Cork Street, London for whom he produced one man shows. Ken has been represented more recently by the Bernard Rose Gallery, Newbury and Century Galleries in Henley and Hartley Wintney.

From 1972 onwards he has produced one show a year in Berkshire and is currently painting to commission.


People say:

Soon after my wife Sheila and I moved to the Bahamas in 1970, we were briefly in Bond Street, London where we fell in love with, and bought, a magnificent Ken Turner painting of Zebras against an African scene. On returning to our new home we hung the painting in a place of honour over our living room fireplace, where it still remains thirty-three years later. We have never grown tired of our own "Ken Turner" and appreciate it as much as ever.

Arthur Hailey, Author of Airport and Hotel


Clouds, reed beds and barley fields are never still and the birds and beasts they shelter rarely inert. In his paintings, whether tossed in waves or surprised in woodland, they are invariably caught at a dramatic moment.

His observation of the creatures of the countryside remains precise and his understandings of their interaction with their environment clearly discernible.

The minute precision with which he works is rendered more remarkable by the tiny scale of some of his paintings.

Scilla Weber, The Field


My wife and I met Ken and his wife Jennie in the heat of a Mediterranean summer which is why I cherish two of his Provencal paintings - one of an old man working at a roadside smithy and another of two locals chewing the cud, as they do down there, on a patio over a glass of pastis. We still see the smithy often - sadly the old chap has long since disappeared - but in both paintings, the clarity of the light, the heat and the preoccupation of the figures is perfect. I go to them and sigh during the English winter.

So different, but equally well captured are three figures in a punt on a small English lake, in a painting heavy with the green of an English summer.

Ken knows more about chickens, wildlife and the English countryside than any man I know and his lovely rural canvases are a very special delight.

Frank Bough, Broadcaster and Journalist