Turneramon (1940-2013)


1940Born Derby.
Educated at the Bemrose Grammar School, before moving on to study at the School of Navigation in Warsash, Southampton.

1958Merchant Navy.
Joined the Merchant Navy as a Navigation Cadet Officer.

1960Career change.
Enrolled at the Derby College of Art, where he won the J Andrew Lloyd scholarship for landscape, enabling him to study at the Royal College of Art from 1963.

1966Graduated.
With an Associate of the Royal College of Art Degree, as well as prizes in Life Drawing, Life Painting, and Landscape Painting. For the next two years, Turneramon lectured at the Guildford School of Art; working on environmental installation projects.

1968Employment.
Started work as an epigraphic artist and photographer by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. For five years he was based at Chicago House in Luxor, Egypt; making facsimile drawings of the beliefs on the walls of the Temple of Khonsu, Karnak and Medenet Habu, adjacent to the Valley of the Queens.

1973Returned Home.
On his return to England, he lectured at Salisbury College of Art.

1976Off to Egypt.
Re-employed by the University of Chicago, Turneramon returned to Egypt. During this time he made full scale tracings of all columns in hypostyle hall of Luxor Temple.

1980California.
Moved to California and built a split-level chalet style house on the shores of Big Bear Lake, where he founded and ran the Minnelusa Gallery. He also worked as a graphic designer with Treasure Chest Advertising, based in Los Angeles.

1984 Return to UK.
Briefly living in Edinburgh, before moving south to teach at Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard.

1989 Scotland again.
This time to run an “art holiday” home business from Park House in Kirkcudbright, as well as lecturing in various colleges and schools.

1993Meets Royalty.
Introduced to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the opening ceremony at Tolbooth Art Centre in Kirkcudbright. Prince Philip commented on Turneramon’s work saying it looked “refreshingly different”.

For more detail on the life and work of Turneramon, please see his Wikipedia Entry

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