6) Moon-viewing Platform 2010

Born Bogotá, Colombia, 1956. Lives and works in London.

Alison Turnbull studied fine art for one year at the Academia Arjona, Madrid, and went on to study at the West Surrey College of Art and Design and Bath Academy of Art, Corsham.

Turnbull’s work, primarily in drawing and painting, involves a process of conversion. Found drawings – architectural plans, cluster diagrams, star charts – act as a generative starting point; these drawings are transcribed and made vivid on the abstract picture surface by colour. The biological, cosmological or architectural schemes they represent survive residually, but in a reconfigured state. In a recent exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, London, Turnbull presented work derived from star charts and observatory plans alongside paintings and drawings that explored the grid itself, without the overlay of specific structures. Her current work continues in this vein as the artist moves away from working in clearly defined series, to explore unforeseen connections.

Selected Exhibitions


Rupert Ackroyd and Alison Turnbull, The Russian Club Gallery, London


‘Observatory’, Matt’s Gallery, London (solo)


‘Between the Lines – British Contemporary Drawing’, Trinity Fine Art, London


‘Darwin’s Canopy’, Natural History Museum, London (group)


‘Black Borders’, Galeriá Magda Bellotti, Madrid


‘Hospital’, Matt’s Gallery, London (solo)


‘Houses into Flats’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (solo)

Selected Awards and Residencies


Artist in Residence, Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum, London


Gulbenkian Galápagos Artists Programme


Artist in Residence, ArtSway, New Forest, Hampshire


Arts and Humanities Research Board

Delmas Foundation, New York


Rome Scholarship in the Fine Arts