DURRANT, Roy Turner

1925 - 1988

Roy Turner Durrant

Roy Turner Durrant, was born at Lavenham, Suffolk on 4 October 1925, son of Francis Henry Durrant (13 April 1896-1957), master boot repairer, and his wife Edna Ellen née Turner (born 2 September 1902), who married at Lavenham in 1924. Roy had a love of drawing from an early age and had his first exhibition in the Lavenham Guildhall whilst still at school. He left Lavenham School at the age of 14, and worked in a local electrical firm but continued to spend his spare time drawing and painting. In 1939, a scholar, living at 70 Pump Court, Lavenham, Suffolk with his parents and, after service in the Suffolk Regiment during the Second World War, attended Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts 1948-1952 where he was taught by, amongst others, Edward Ardizone [q.v.], being influenced by Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) and John Minton (1917-1957). His work moved from early landscape and architectural interest to abstract but with a great variety of style and technique and in 1948 exhibited at the Bury St Edmund's Art Society from Lavenham, two oils 'A View on the Stour' and 'Lady Street, Lavenham'. Employed by engineers Vickers 1956-1963, when he moved to Cambridge taking a position as Art Gallery Manager at Heffers, the well known local art and booksellers and became a director of Heffer Gallery. A fellow of Free Painters and Sculptors with whom he exhibited also showed at the New English Art Club and at the Royal Academy from 1950. A member and exhibitor at Ipswich Art Club 1964-1973 and had a solo show at Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham in 1948 and had later exhibitions at Kensington Art Gallery in 1951 and in the same year at The Playhouse Theatre, Kidderminster; Loggia Gallery, London; Gainsborough House, Sudbury; the Gallery of British Art in Lausanne; Belgrave Gallery 1991 and Chappel Galleries in 2003. He married at Hampstead, London in 1959, Jean Lyell and they had four sons and lived at High Street, Lavenham, Suffolk and Cathcart Gardens, Kensington, London and latterly at Hurst Park Avenue, Cambridge where he died in 1998. Since his death there have been several exhibitions of his work including a one man show at the Fine Art Society in New Bond Street London in May 2008. Durrant published a book of poetry ‘The Rag Book of Love’ (1960) and a book 'Roy Turner Durrant' was published in 2011.

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