About

Annie Luke Turner

Annie’s work is born in the memories and emotions evoked by place and space. She is based in the Lake District in the North West of England, but often works at her small studio in the post-industrial port of Hull. As a result of these two contrasting landscapes, Annie’s paintings respond to both rural and urban environments.

After walks, drives and journeys, Annie’s work begins to evolve from a feeling for a place, it might be the light, it might be the shapes, the colours, the sense for what may have gone on there before. She is particularly drawn to understanding and investigating the history of a place. Then there’s time spent in the place and sketching - often quite figuratively, sometimes with eyes closed using the memory of the place to guide the pen.

These sketches might do nothing for months or they might go straight into the studio, sometimes onto paper, sometimes onto canvas. There’s no set plan.​

Whether on paper or canvas, what usually happens next is a process of mark-making. Probably barefoot, often with eyes closed, bringing back the feeling of the place, more of an emotional response than an attempt to draw, though sometimes there’s that too. Sometimes other places find their way in there, shapes and features that become clear but were never consciously placed. These might be lines or shapes scratched into the canvas, drawn or painted with sticks. Parts of other paintings might be torn out of others and moulded in. Sometimes they disappear forever.

Then colour, sometimes thick and textural, other times just a translucent surface, sometimes scraped off entirely.

 

This process can take weeks and months.

 

Paint applied and removed, marks made and hidden then scraped back and revealed.

 

And then one day the painting says done.

The canvas has become a landscape and a story in itself, like the shapes of the buildings of a long-gone village revealed in the colours of sun scorched turf.

Annie’s parents, Wendy and Les, were keen climbers. Happy and wild childhood holidays were spent camping in Crafnant, Wales and Loch Torriden, Scotland. Educated in the 70s, Annie struggled with reading and writing and was not considered as 'academic'. She later learned as an adult that this was down to her undiagnosed dyslexia which she now regards as a strength. This alternative way of learning has allowed Annie to harness her vivid imagination and creative perception. This combined with her deep love of nature from exploring valleys and mountains, manifests in her work.

Her mum Wendy was always fascinated by the stories landscapes can tell. It was clearly a family trait: Wendy’s uncle, Leslie Peter Wenham https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Peter_Wenham
was a noted archaeologist responsible for many of the major excavations of York in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

 

The love of stories and the landscape still runs strong in Wendy - who would march Annie and her brother Keith around the English landscape searching for every possible trace of ancient monument that the map showed.

 

Archaeology remains a strong feature of Annie’s work seen in the layers and marks, the traces of what was once visible but which now lies beneath the surface.

Education 

2011

2004

2000

PTLLS teaching course

Kendal College, Cumbria

BA (hons) Fine art - painting

First Class - University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

Foundation in Art

Calderdale Community College, Todmorden

Exhibitions 

2019

2018

2017

2017

2016

2016

2016

2016

2015

2015

2015

2015

2013

2010

2009

Art Fair – Heaton Cooper Gallery

Merz Barn Kurt Schwitters Exhibition

Selected for Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition

Selected for Lakes Artists Summer Exhibition

Cologne Art Fair 

Selected for residency in Italy, Farindola as part of Farindola Art Festival with nine other international artists 

Selected for Lakes Artist Summer Exhibition

 

Selected for Cumbria Open Exhibition, Penrith 

Selected for 'Sweet Arts' exhibition, Brick lane, London

Solo Exhibition- Kendal Museum 

Selected for Cumbria Open 

Selected for 'Open up North' 

Selected for 'Open up North' 

Commission for Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal 

Selected for Cumbria Open 

Galleries

OCG in Ambleside, The Lake District

Bellwood and Wright Gallery, Lancaster

Kunsthuis Gallery, Yorkshire

Silson Contemporary, Harrogate - exhibition in February 2019

Gallery 68, Ulveston

Awards and Residencies

2021

2017

2/3 month residency in remote bothy in Shetland 

Shortlisted for Cumbrian Artist of the Year

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