This week's little gem is Turner - the late British romantic landscape artist. I dunno why he was romantic? P'raps he was a bit of a tart with the birds?
Turner started out life as Jonathon Sebastian Periwinkle King - sadly, during the eighties there was another man with a similar name who got in a spot of bother - so he picked another name. "Joey" was well popular in school at that time - everyone called everyone it - and "Turner" was the name of his house in Longsands comprehensive.
The history behind his middle names - Mallard and Willy is a little hazy. Some say he was a bit "romantic" with a duck one night over the Coneygere. Nothing to be ashamed of - we've all done it - right!?
Anyway...Joey Mallard Willy Turner - or "Turner" - or "him what done landscapes" - or "Turner", (to his mates), was right good at drawing and painting stuff.
He liked to paint what he saw - so he did.
He painted pictures around his hometown of St Neots. Lovely views of Riverside park, Hen brook and The Priory Centre at night. He was brilliant and he sold a lot on the market, once a week on a Thursday. He even managed to get a contract with Lawsons, ( a reputable and highly respected department store), - who would promote his paintings by offering free scouring pads and bottles of Jiff to the customers. Life was good!
Turner was loving all the success and the money - he became well popular because he used to buy everyone Wham bars and cola bottles at lunchtimes off the ice cream van - plus he had the best collection of Star Wars toys.
Sadly he got a little too caught up in the glory - what with hanging about over Priory park and on the market square with his mates - he started to drop back at school. He got some well bad reports and a telling off or two.
Nevertheless - he went on to give them all a two fingered salute when he became the bestest most famousest painter ever to come out of Longsands....and he 'ad a prestigious prize named after him! The Joey Mallard Willy prize is still awarded to them arty sorts, what do funky tat, today.
Personally - I ain't a fan. I like stuff what looks pretty....not pretty dull. But he were a bit of a lad so I'll give him his dues.
Next week I might do Picasso...or I might not.