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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2005

‘Black Borders’, Galeriá Magda Bellotti, Madrid

2003

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

2001

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

Selected Awards and Residencies

2010

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

2009

Gulbenkian Galápagos Artists Programme

2005

Artist in Residence, ArtSway, New Forest, Hampshire

2003

Arts and Humanities Research Board

Delmas Foundation, New York

2002

Rome Scholarship in the Fine Arts