“Frances' work is simply too good, and too important,
to be allowed to disappear from public view after her untimely
death. She was selected for exhibition at the UK National
Portrait Gallery BP Award Exhibition five times between 1996-2001.
The Portrait Award receives over six hundred entries annually
from the best figurative artists in Britain, but only sixty
paintings are exhibited. To be selected five times in six
years justifies regarding Frances Turner as one of the most
important British figurative artists of the late twentieth
"That is why we are committed to promoting her work.
She was not ashamed of her ambition, and we are not ashamed
of our ambition on her behalf. She is not here to fight for
the recognition she deserves and so we must.” —
Gordon Turner, Heather Gardiner and Peter Gandy, the family
of Frances Turner.
Some of the proceeds from sales in this exhibition will go
to the Frances Turner Trust. The Frances Turner Trust aims
to establish an award in Frances' name for young artists specializing
in figurative work in oil.
At present, there are negotiations with the
Laboratorio Arte Contemporaneo 'LAC' in Mexico City. LAC intends
to run a competition in 2006 for young Mexican artists to
produce a work in oil inspired by the art of Frances Turner.
The runners up in this completion will be shown at the LAC
Gallery, and the winner will be awarded a trip to the UK.
The LAC show will run in parallel with the Retrospective of
Frances' work in Mexico City in autumn 2006.