William Turnbull

15 - 1959 (Red Saturation)

About this artwork

Turnbull is best known as a sculptor, but also produced paintings throughout his life. Towards the end of the 1950’s he was looking for ways of painting in which the viewer’s experience of the work should be as direct as possible and not constrained by secondary associations. He began to make the surface of his paintings very smooth, in contrast to the gestural, textured works he produced in the mid 1950’s. His aim was to produce a single colour surface without making shapes or compositions.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    William TurnbullScottish (1922 - 2012)
  • title:
    15 - 1959 (Red Saturation)
  • date created:
    Dated 1959
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    (framed: 178.50 x 178.00 x 3.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1984
  • accession number:
    GMA 2830
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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William Turnbull

William Turnbull