Roy Turner Durrant 1925-1998
Painter and poet, Durrant was born Lavenham, Suffolk on 4th Oct 1925. He studied at Camberwell School of Art 1948-52 under Pasmore, Rogers and Coldstream, though it was another teacher, Keith Vaughan; who would prove the more lastingly influential. Durrant was a very private person and the community of the art school was not for him, but he stayed on for the four years to graduate. He was already exhibiting with Beaux Arts Gallery while still a student and Durrant emerged from Camberwell in the second wave of neo-Romantics, with Craxton, Minton and of course Vaughan as his contemporaries. He combined his work as an artist with running the Heffer Gallery in Cambridge and Oriel Fine Art was lucky enough to exhibit work for him during his lifetime.
Today his work is held in many public collections including the University of Cambridge - Kettles Yard Collection and the Imperial War Museum.
In 2008 The Fine Art Society, London, held a major one-man show.
Gothic Garden - series
Gouache and watercolour on paper, 12.5 x 10 ins, signed, dated 1963