Louis Turpin

Born in post-war London, the son of artists living in Brixton.
On leaving school he studied Architecture before changing direction and going to art school. The last half of his Fine Art painting course was spent film-making and, on graduation, he became involved in film work in London.
In 1975, Louis began to concentrate on painting and, in an intense three-month period of work, he moved from abstraction to figuration. The hop garden outside his cottage was the pathway through to figurative painting. Once this change of direction had been consolidated, he began painting his rural environment and at the same time pursued his interest in the figure. These paintings contained the same iconography as his film work. Many canvases were of his wife Davida, dressing, eating and drinking and in bed. Several portrait commissions followed.In 1980, Louis won the South East Arts (SEA) Major Award. This award enabled him to complete a series of ‘Provincial Interiors’ which made up the nucleus of his first one-man show in 1981 in Oxford, which was timed to coincide with the inauguration of Green College, Oxford.
In 1985, inspired by Vita Sackville-West’s garden at Sissinghurst he embarked upon a continuing series of British garden paintings. This year also saw the start of a series of very successful one-man shows throughout the UK, and latterly in the USA. During this period he also continued to paint his distinctive portraits as shown at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and at international contemporary art fairs. His work has featured in several publications including Anthony Huxley’s ‘The Painted Garden’.
In 1986, one of his paintings of Davida was selected for the National Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. This lead directly to his being commissioned to paint ‘Miss Pears 1986’.
In 1993, Louis was invited to exhibit in York in conjunction with the National Garden Scheme. This was the first of a series of National Garden Scheme exhibitions around the country, including a one-man show in Henley which was the subject of a major article in the Sunday Times ‘Classic’ magazine.’The man who creates the most beautiful gardens in Britain does not do so with a fork and spade, but with a brush and paint. He loves to work with bright light and colour yet the riot of colours never overwhelms the senses and Turpin’s stylised technique enables him to combine vitality with the shades and stillness inseparable in the mind’s eye from the classic English garden.’
Philip Jacobson in ‘The Sunday Express’
In 1996, Louis completed several commissions to produce paintings for hotels including a suite of paintings for the Bedruthen Steps Hotel, Cornwall. 1997 saw a commission to paint the gardens and landscape of Glyndebourne.
His work is in many public and private collections including: Fondation Elebor (Switzerland), Rye Art Gallery, South East Arts Permanent Collection, Sir Richard Doll, John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford), Bath University, Pears, The Thatching Advisory Service, National Westminster Bank, Burton Agnes Hall, Professor T Ryan, Sir Paul McCartney, Higashi Hope Foundation and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

Louis Turpin – Higher Garden, After the Rain

Louis Turpin

Higher Garden, After the Rain

Oil on Canvas

18 x 18 inches

£2700

Louis Turpin – Tulips at Sarah’s

Louis Turpin

Tulips at Sarah's

Oil on Canvas

18 x 16 inches

£2500

Louis Turpin – The Valley

The Valley

Oil

8 x 10 inches

£950

Louis Turpin – Across the Fields

Louis Turpin

Across the Fields

Oil on canvas

10 x 12 inches

£1200

Louis Turpin – Pick Your Own in Winter

Louis Turpin

Pick Your Own in Winter

Oil on Canvas

10 x 9 inches

£960

Louis Turpin – Country Garden

Country Garden

Oil

13 x 14 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Red House

Red House

Oil

9 x 10 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Borders End

Borders End

Oil

13 x 15 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Full Mixed Border

Louis Turpin

Full Mixed Border

Oil on canvas

14 x 14 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Teazels

Louis Turpin

Teazels

Oil on canvas

14 x 12 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Jacob in a Snowscape

Louis Turpin

Jacob in a Snowscape

Oil on Canvas

10 x 9 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Farmstead and Sheep

Louis Turpin

Farmstead and Sheep

Oil

12 x 14 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Blackfaced Ewe

Louis Turpin

Blackfaced Ewe

Oil on canvas

8 x 9 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Distantly Grazing Sheep

Louis Turpin

Distantly Grazing Sheep

Indian Ink on Paper

9 x 14 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – The Trellis Fence

Louis Turpin

The Trellis Fence

Oil on canvas

16 x 14 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Long Border

Louis Turpin

Long Border

Oil on canvas

16 x 16 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Red Yellow Gold

Louis Turpin

Red Yellow Gold

Oil on canvas

10 x 10 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Ploughlines

Louis Turpin

Ploughlines

Oil on canvas

11 x 12 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – The Apple Store

Louis Turpin

The Apple Store

Oil on canvas

11 x 12 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – South Undercliff

Louis Turpin

South Undercliff

Oil on canvas

46 x 44 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Summer Valley

Louis Turpin

Summer Valley

Indian Ink on Paper

13.5 x 10 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Brassica and Bodium

Louis Turpin

Brassica and Bodium

Oil on canvas

16 x 16 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Valley Sheep

Louis Turpin

Valley Sheep

Indian Ink on Paper

19.5 x 15.5 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Seedheads at Great Dixter

Louis Turpin

Seedheads at Great Dixter

Oil on canvas

14 x 16 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Garden by Moonlight

Louis Turpin

Garden by Moonlight

Oil on canvas

16 x 16 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Farmstead in Snow

Louis Turpin

Farmstead in Snow

Oil on canvas

14 x 14 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Magnolia

Louis Turpin

Magnolia

Indian Ink on Paper

23.5 x 22 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Magical View

Louis Turpin

Magical View

Oil on canvas

11 x 12 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Waiting to be fed

Louis Turpin

Waiting to be fed

Indian Ink on Paper

16.5 x 19.5 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Visiting Tresco

Louis Turpin

Visiting Tresco

Oil on canvas

11 x 12 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Palladian and Ploughed Field

Louis Turpin

Palladian and Ploughed Field

Oil on canvas

16 x 14 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – High Ground

Louis Turpin

High Ground

Oil on canvas

11 x 12 inches

sold

Louis Turpin – Allotments by the river, Kew

Louis Turpin

Allotments by the river, Kew

Oil on canvas

24 x 22 inches

sold