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    Posted 11 years ago

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    I have looked this artist up online and have found works that were very similar in execution. Any information would be greatly appreciated. This painting is not signed but Martin Turner and his address in Chatham, Kent is written on the frame.


    1. Caroline Mair, 11 years ago
      Hi kmgboston,
      I too have a painting by Martin Turner and have been trying to find out about him! The painting I have is very similar to your one but portrait, with a possible London street looking scene with red bus and black cab. It also has the name Martin Turner and a Kent address on the back, but my one is signed. After a bit of searching on the net, I came accross two other paintings which appear to have the same signature; one of which sold at auction some years ago and the other is in an art dealers gallery in America - we have corresponded and he claims to have known him! Perhaps we could share our findings?
    2. kmgboston kmgboston, 11 years ago
      Hi Caroline,

      I too tried to research our Martin Turner and I also corresponded with with
      Luis Porretta and was very excited that he actually knew the artist. Unfortunately I have found little else about our Mr Turner. I came about owning my painting in a rather odd way. I had two friends, a gay couple here in Boston, who had a neighbor that was from England and she gave them the painting as payment for constructing some library shelves for her. They had the painting over their mantle and I had always admired it. Well they eventually split and the one who got the painting took an apartment on Beacon Hill and just prior to my wedding I was at his place to hand deliver his invitation and he presented me with the painting and I was overjoyed. Sadly he didn't come to the wedding and I hadn't seen him in a few years when I found out he had passed away at 44 years old.
      If it would not be an imposition I would love to see a photo of your Martin Turner. My email address is
      Who knows, maybe one day artist Martin Turner may become highly collected.
    3. Dizzydave Dizzydave, 11 years ago
      Martin Turner RA, ROI, is a highly respected artist whose paintings are held in private collections around the world. He is featured in Debretts, "Who's Who I Art'. Prizewinner at the Royal Institute Of Oil Painters in London. Turner is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy. Dave
    4. Luis Porretta, 11 years ago
      I am the Luis Porretta mentioned above.

      Martin Turner was a close personal friend for many years. He was undoubtedly a very gifted artist and was highly respected among his peers, but for reasons many of his admirers never quite understood flew under the artistic radar, despite winning numerous national and local prizes for his unique and often stunning paintings.

      I suspect that the reason so few of his paintings surface in the auction market is that nobody wants to sell them! I own the painting with which Martin won the ROI prize mentioned above and which he kindly, as was his nature, gifted to me many years ago.

      Martin died in tragic circumstances a few years ago, though he left behind and impressive body of work which one day will be given the respect that it is due. He was a national treasure.

      Luis Porretta
    5. kmgboston kmgboston, 11 years ago
      Hi Mr Porretta,
      Perhaps bringing Martin Turner's talent and his struggle to have his art recognized for the true genius he possessed could be something you might be able to foster in the art community. I'm sure as you were a friend of his you would also know where other examples of his art are located and thus given your connection to the world of fine art you may be able to interest a museum either in the UK or on our side of the pond to finally give this talented man his just recognition. I myself would be happy to LOAN my Martin Turner for an exhibition.
    6. Nigel Nutting, 11 years ago
      I bought one of his paintings at an auction last year--a snow scene in Chatham Kent called 'Chatham X'. It's about 4ft by 3ft and dominates a wall in my house. It's signed and also has his address on the back. Visitors always comment on it ( you can't miss it) and I like it very much.
    7. Alan, 10 years ago
      Hello all, I have a painting by this Artist I have looked around the internet for hours contacted few places with out sucsess, So could some body please help me out Martin Turner 1974 - oil on canvas changing of the tides. I can send pics if it helps please email me if you have any info about this painting how much its worth ect would be much appreciated
      thanks again Alan
    8. Amy Cook, 10 years ago
      This is all really interesting. I bought a Martin Turner winter scene of a valley in Kent at Deptford market for £5 this morning. I saw that it was last sold at the Mall Galleries in 1980 for £45.
      It is a beautiful thing.
    9. Steve Clarke, 10 years ago
      Hi all, I too am a proud owner of a Martin Turner London scene, (Mayfair I think).
      I visited an exhibition at the South Bank in the early eighties and immediately wanted to buy the exhibited painting which was unfortunately already sold. I made enquires and was given Martin's London address (off Baker St) and eventually made contact. Typically, he invited me to his apartment to take my choice of scores of paintings. It was a privilege to meet Martin and my painting still takes pride of place.
    10. Chris Stuttle, 10 years ago
      Hello, I too am lucky enough to have a large snow scene with commuters either going or coming from work, is it possible to get pictures of his other works ?
    11. chris stuttle, 10 years ago
      I have corresponded with a couple of people who have a painting by Martin Turner and appear to be equally moved by the work and motivated to find out more about this man. I would like to set up an address on the web so that people can upload their picture and view his other works, just that and nothing more. If you can submit a good quality picture please send it to me at I'm more than happy to correspond with anybody or receive help from anybody who can make this a reality.
    12. Bayswater, 10 years ago
      Martin & I first met in Devon whilst on holiday with our parents in the 1950's. We were both only children and our parents kept in touch, for many years. His father was a true gentleman and Martin was the same. We visited them in Kent where Martin was then into making & flying model airplanes. Later, when he had his scooter, we would ride around the Kent country lanes, carefree & helmet less. Martin went to art school and also learnt to drive. He had not had his car long when he was involved in an accident; his foot was crushed between the pedals and never fully healed, permanently leaving him with mobility problems. In 1977 I was in London & offered to sell his pictures at Bayswater Road on a Sunday. The paintings sold well and have gone to all parts of the world. He exhibited at the Summer Exhibition and won awards at the Mall Galleries, one of which I collected on his behalf from Princess Anne.
      Martin was such a great painter and deserves recognition. I have arranged for a tree to be planted in the Jubilee Woods and the dedication recorded in the Royal Record (hopefully!) The dedication from Luis Porretta reads; This tree is dedicated to the extraordinary and timeless painter, Martin Turner, ROI, whose gentle nature touched all who knew him.

      I will post the details of the tree & its location when I have them.

    13. neraida, 10 years ago
      please if you can tell me when and where the tree will be based.I was Martins student for a year and a half .He was my best friend and the best teacher i ever had .His studio was based in russell square where i used to go .He was a Great artist and a Great person he used to love me like his own daughter .His death and the way he died hurted me so much even to this day.I went to his funeral in Kent and he had more friends than family.I hope he is happy where he is with his wife Dorothy.
    14. JohnM JohnM, 9 years ago
      This is all so very interesting as I too have a beautiful piece by Martin Turner, and am told it is a scene of the rear of his house in Kent by a friend who knew Martin Turner and who kindly gave us this piece over three years ago. It measures approximately 32" by 43" and is largely black, white and grey in (I think) pastel. I would love to know if there is a catalogue or collection of his work anywhere...
    15. alkylam alkylam, 9 years ago
      I bought a Chatham winter scene in 1980 from I thought Martin himself but maybe on reading Bayswater comments above it was from him. As it was at the Sunday market held along the railings on the Bayswater Road. It's signed Martin Turner 80 and is about 34 ins x 30ins.
    16. whitsunweddings, 9 years ago
      Hello, just an update for those interested I have now accumulated 15 images of Martin Turner pictures and am putting a web site together to show them. Again this will take at least 6 months and not all the images are great, but it's a start. I will post here when it's up.
    17. jumbledog, 9 years ago
      I've only just discovered this website. Delighted to find other Martin Turner collectors out there. My wife and I bought three of his London paintings in about 1983 from Martin himself when he was exhibiting on the Hyde Park railings. Two are on our walls, one features a rainy road junction in Pimlico, with no vehicles or people; the other is of Great Russell Street looking east, with the wall/railings of the British Museum on the left, features a black cab with its lights on, just as the one in Piccadilly Circus above. The third, which we couldn't place, also featured a black cab with its lights on. We gave that to an American relative who now lives in Manhattan.
    18. Occasionallyarty, 9 years ago
      Told by friend of friend about this website. I have two Turners bought in the eighties and have given several away as presents. I was turned on to Martin's pictures by the artist Richard Price, who still exhibits on the Bayswater Road and has done for, I would guess, over thirty years. I love the pictures and receive many comments about them. I believe they now sell for more realistic prices but don't know of any owners who would wish to part with them.
    19. whitsunweddings, 9 years ago
      Hello Jumbledog and Occasionallyarty if you think it important can you get in touch with me at (entry 11. above) ........ I'm trying to catalogue his works, I've got three myself and pictures of some twenty more ..... the aim is to construct a web site ...... which is about 50% complete.
    20. Bayswater, 9 years ago
      There is a Winterscape by Martin for sale on Ebay £50.00. Closing date 17th march 2013 at 8.00pm aprox
    21. JohnM JohnM, 9 years ago
      So, the above mentioned Winterscape screenprint just sold on Ebay...were some of us bidding against each other I wonder?..
    22. jumbledog, 9 years ago
      Well, it wasn't me as I didn't pick up Bayswater's alert in time.
    23. pottersgirl44, 8 years ago
      I have a watercolour 'Winterscapes with Steps' with Martin Turner's address and telephone number on the back and two bigger pictures.
    24. JohnM JohnM, 8 years ago
      Hi Pottersgirl44,...any chance of you posting some pics as it would be great to see them?
    25. RRadford, 8 years ago
      I have roughly 20 of Martins works, mainly small ones, along with his (ROIPIWC) The Graphic Prize medal with his name on and dated 1977, also quite a few photos he had taken mostly in either Devon/Cornwall.
      His mother gave them to me for helping to move her from the family home in Rainham Kent to an old peoples home in Rainham Kent. I liked them so much I kept them, although I have not looked at them for years now, I must take another look. I was sorry to here Martin had passed away
    26. whitsunweddings, 8 years ago
      Hello ... Just an update, I have now some 60 images of his pictures, it seems he was prolific during certain periods, I have definite periods with different styles picked out and have roughed together a site and reserved a name, it's all on-going, always any pictures, anecdotes or anything to try and build a picture of this extraordinary mans life would be appreciated. I'm mindful that time is pressing and I think to lose the thread here is really missing out on something that will only become more important as time marches on. I anticipate getting my act together by the end of this year. If you have anything of interest or would like a catalogue of his works as I have managed to build up, just get in touch at 11. above.
    27. RRadford, 8 years ago
      I have been in contact with Chris 11th post above about documenting some of what I have of Martins (and it's a lot) If anyone else is interested email me on
    28. banstead, 7 years ago
      I have read the posts with interest, his art says he was a nice chap and its no surprise he flew model planes and lived happily in Kent. I have two Martin Turner's, one of Kendall Street bought off the railings of Bayswater Road in about 1982 and another of a London taxi with St Paul's behind bought about 1988 from a gallery. Both quite large and of course are in water colour and with that trademark rainy ambiance. I think if these are not worth big money those that value style and quality just don't get it, mind you I think they are worth even more to me, I just relate to them both. It would be good to have a complete record of his art as one day the worth will be recognized and there will be a galley dedicated to his work.
    29. PaulDavies, 4 years ago
      Martin was a great artist and it's good to see that he remains so highly appreciated. I have a conte crayon picture of Martin's, Wintertown lll, which I bought at the Royal Academy 1987 Summer Exhibition. It's a large painting (over 170 cms wide), painted in the characteristic style of the other images posted on this site - a really powerful piece. Sadly, we're downsizing so I need to sell and would love the picture to find a good home! Please contact me at if any interest. M thanks - Paul
    30. Lornafallace, 3 years ago
      I have been trying to track down the unknown artist of a few paintings myself and a friend bought from the railings on Bayswater Road, back in (I think)
    31. Lornafallace, 3 years ago
      Oops - accidentally submitted previous comment without finishing it! To continue .... in approx 1993.

      I managed to find my way to this site via a reverse-search in Google so thank you all for solving the mystery! The paintings are signed but it isn't legible, however the style looks like others by Martin and I believe the Bayswater railings link can't be a coincidence. :-)

      Very happy to share photos of the two I have if any one wants to see them - both London street scenes - one of which I think is Regents Street.
    32. drchrisstuttle, 2 years ago
      It's taken a bit of time I'm afraid, but I have finally got the time now to concentrate on some important unfinished projects in my life and this has always been close to top of the list. I have started a blog, the idea is to run a set of posts detailing what I have managed to find out about Martin Turner over the years that I had been looking.
    33. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Many collectors have their "Martin Turner". Mine are Kenneth Kilstrom and W. Stewart (probably a pseudonym of Frederick James Aldridge). I have web sites devoted to both, created a Wikipedia page for Kilstrom and biographies for them on several art web sites. Interesting how some artists strike a chord with us and we go out of our way to preserve their memory if they are otherwise obscure. Many fine artists who had some level of recognition during their life times are soon forgotten after they pass on. Kudos for working to preserve the memory of Martin Turner!
    34. norodnik, 1 year ago

      looking back through my email it seems we did converse briefly in Sept 2014 regarding a couple of Martin Turner painitngs I own (time flies!!). I think at the time you were looking to build a website to display info and pictures from people who had his work in their possesion. Let me know if you still want pictures (of the paintings) and I'd be interested in your blog/website when running.
    35. Eshelby_nc, 1 year ago
      I have a painting titled ‘London in a drizzle’, it is signed but you have to look carefully as it is faint. It does have a very clear 97 and I wonder if anyone else has a number on theirs. I reckon this was around the year we probably bought it but not sure if it is the year or not. Appreciate comments. Thanks

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