roy turner durrant (1925-1998)
Durrant was born in Lavenham, Suffolk, in 1925.
He studied at the Camberwell School of Art between 1948 and 1952 where his teachers included John Minton and Keith Vaughan. This influence together with his love of poetry and representational works of the East Anglian landscape clearly associate him with the neo-Romantic movement of the time.
Durrant’s early figurative style gradually gave way to abstraction. A continuing evolution of styles and techniques are manifestations of a person that was both highly intelligent and individualistic.
He went on to publish a book of poetry, A Rag Book of Love, in 1960.
Durrant exhibited regularly throughout his career and significant solo shows include Beaux Art Gallery, London 1950, Roland Browse & Delbanco Gallery 1954, New Vision Art Centre, London 1957, Artists International Association Gallery London 1969 and the Belgrave Gallery, London 1991.
Public collections holding works include Tate Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London, Trinity College Cambridge and Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro.