Anthony Turner

Born in 1959 in Kenya, Anthony grew up on a coffee farm near Nairobi and lived around Malindi on the beautiful north coast of Kenya. His main workshop is now in the Teign Valley near Dartmoor in Devon, and he also works in an old cowshed in Oxfordshire. After travelling widely through many of the countries where ancient civilizations used stone for building and sculpture, such as Greece, Egypt, Peru and India, as well as the Celtic megalithic culture in Britain, Anthony has now been carving in stone for more than twenty years. He learnt the many different stages of the process while assistant to the master sculptor Peter Randall-Page between 1990 and 1994, including moving heavy precious objects and how to enlarge from a model. Anthony’s work ranges from large stone seating, to smaller more figurative carvings, to bronzes and graphite drawings. He works from the drawings in his sketchbooks, sometimes making wax maquettes and enlarging accurately, sometimes just carving directly. “As I carve stone, I’m contemplating the generous nourishing abundance of nature and I aim to charge the dense matter with universal signs of love and eternal growth. Imaginary exotic fruits, modest everyday vegetables and potent archetypal forms contain infinite meanings while remaining timeless and still. I see matters of huge importance to the whole human condition in the curves on the side of a bean…”