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Scottish artist William Turnbull dies aged 90

  • by BRIAN FERGUSON
 

WILLIAM Turnbull, one of Scotland’s most revered post-war artists, has passed away at the age of 90.

Dundee-born Turnbull, a former RAF pilot who served in the Second World War, made his name after relocating to Paris after studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

He had previously worked as an illustrator for Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson and taken night classes at Dundee University.

After returning to London in 1950 his first major exhibition was at the Hanover Gallery with fellow Scot Eduardo Paolozzi.

Turnbull was one of the main protagonists in the “independent group” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in the early 1950s.

Turnbull, who went on to enjoy a hugely successful career as a sculptor, painter and printmaker, has works in the collection of the Tate, the National Galleries of Scotland, Leeds Museum and in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington.

 
 
 

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