b.1975

Using the traditional medium of pencil, Martin Turner embodies the simplicity of fine art.  His hyper realistic drawings are decisive, obsessed with light and texture, and imbued with a confidence that comes from the technical mastery of his medium.

Working primarily on super smooth Bristol Board, Turner uses both traditional and mechanical pencils as well as graphite powder and blending stumps to create his unique style.  Anyone who has seen his work up close will appreciate the incredible level of detail.  Turner can often be seen using sandpaper to taper the end/lead of a pencil to ensure the finest of points!

The astonishing fact that Turner only picked up his pencils in 2016 simply adds to the story.  Following a decade of award winning photography, Turner returned to his childhood interest of drawing.  Although more used to creating images in hundredths of a second than the 40 to 100 hours that his pencil drawings now take he found that, despite the change in medium, his eye for detail remained the same.  Turner is completely self taught which has allowed his work to be become distinctly recognisable up close.  He has no sketch books - his final pieces are his only drawings.

Turner describes his current work as being more akin to taking the time to read a novel - investing in slowly connecting with the emotion, suspense and detail - rather than the fast-pace of a movie.  These monochrome drawings capture a moment, a freeze-frame or a still, engaging the audience with enough detail to be fully absorbed, while promising more in every viewing of these rich, multifaceted images.

Turner is currently engaged in two lines of work.  Firstly, developing a portfolio of building interiors , which follows a long standing personal appreciation of architecture.  Secondly, he is developing the theme of holding what is precious, a concept that is glimpsed in his existing work and will be reflected in work still to come.

Aims for future: Turner is looking to have a more relaxed approach to his work, perhaps
mixing a combination of loose sketch and realism.


Achievements to date include live television and radio features for The Other Art Fair and being selected for the South West Academy of Fine Art Open Exhibition at Exeter Castle.

Forthcoming exhibitions in 2018 include the Royal Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries and Exhibition at Chelsea College of Art.