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Photo of Philip Turton - Still Life Artist

Philip Turton

“Sitting in splendid isolation” is how one Client recently described their purchase; a painting of a bowl by Turton. Whilst this quote captures the essence of Turton’s Still Life works, it also aptly describes this photo of Philip taken by his eldest daughter one Sunday afternoon.

Philip was born in Sheffield, England in 1938 and emigrated to Australia in 1955.

In 1956 he enrolled at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, Australia to study art; he returned to the same school in 1984 and completed an additional three years of study, where he was tutored by Philip Ashton and Nigel Thomson.

Philip was a member of the Royal Australian Navy from 1957 and served for 6 years on the Aircraft Carrier HMAS Melbourne and at the Nowra Air Base. From there he went on to become a Helicopter Engineer and travelled extensively throughout Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, South Korea and Indonesia. During this time he painted and sold paintings of ships and aircraft to crew and workmates.

Philip went on to establish an engineering company in the Southern Highlands of NSW Australia; he painted and sold landscapes during this time.

In 1991, Philip re-located to Berrima in the Southern Highlands of NSW permanently and now runs a bed and breakfast ‘Ashrowan’ with fellow artist and wife Susan Heslin.

Since his re-location to the Southern Highlands, Philip has successfully exhibited and sold through many of the local galleries, including Gallery Gibraltar, Albert Street Gallery and The Milk Factory Gallery.

In 1999 Philip received the Commended Award for the John Copes Memorial Exhibition.

Philip has been married to fellow artist Susan Heslin for twenty-five years. He has two Daughters; (Sian and Alexa), two Sons; (Miles and Joshua), two Son in laws; (Piet and Rod), one daughter in law; (Megan) four Grandsons; (Connor, Jude, Ben & Ross), one granddaughter; (Sylvia) 1 Cat; (Dudley), and 1 Border Collie; (Robbie).