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GP Week : Issue 190
BARC Gazette. Realising, in order to do a good job, he would need a Press Pass he requested one but was left on tenterhooks for days before finally receiving the nod 10 minutes before the first event started on the day. The day’s action left Michael buzzing well into the evening, but he settled on recreating a start scene and this was duly published in the Gazette – he was paid the princely sum of two guineas. Then at the age of 18, his full time studying was put on hold when he was called up for the mandatory two years National Service. He trained as a Clerk and was in a unit where he could sketch all sorts of vehicles in the workshops. As he was based in Ashford, Michael was still able to attend evening classes at the Heatherley and keep up his visits to motor racing events. He was de-mobbed in 1954 and spent the next three years working for advertising studios in London, learning his art before becoming a freelance artist in 1957. In 1960 he married his wife Helen and they went on to have three children, 2 daughters and one son, Graham, who has followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming an artist in his own right. Michael’s passion for motorsport has taken him to most of the major racing circuits throughout Europe, North and South America, Canada and South Africa and gaining a Press Pass is now no great obstacle. With a strong belief that there is no substitute for first-hand involvement in order to portray such demanding subjects with authority and feeling, Michael has travelled extensively to the world's major race tracks to satisfy his need for authenticity, and he continues to visit several Grands Prix each year. Michael still has a passion for aircraft and he has flown in many service aircraft, from Tiger Moth and Lancaster to Harrier and Tornado, plus aerobatic sorties with the Red Arrows, to gain first hand impressions for his aviation paintings. He holds a Private Pilots Licence and flies his own Chipmunk aircraft. He is a founder member of The Guild of Aviation Artists, of which he has twice been Chairman and is now President, and an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Motoring Artists. His clients include many racing drivers, teams, sponsors, pilots, motor and aircraft manufacturers, R.A.F . and Army messes, museums and private collections worldwide, and he has held one man exhibitions in London, New York, Australia and the USA, plus participation in specialist shows in the UK and Europe. To date, Michael has had six books of his paintings published – Aircraft of the Royal Air Force, Formula One Motor Racing, Aircraft of the Luftwaffe, Aviation Art, Monaco Grand Prix and Motor Sport Art. Michael’s next exhibition is commemorating his studio’s 50th Anniversary, entitled ‘Exhibition of Paintings by Michael Turner and Graham Turner’ and will be held between October 4 and 6 at Halton House, Near Wendover, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. I found my visit to ‘Studio 88’ both fascinating and informative. Set in rural Buckinghamshire, Michael’s working studio is a relaxing and charming setting to while away the hours doing what he enjoys and is obviously a master at. We can only wish him continued success in bringing to life the wonderful, exhilarating sport we are all willing slaves to, and to prove that even though there is no substitute to being at the event in person, just by looking at one of his paintings, you are taken to that moment in time as if you were actually there. F1 >>> FEATUrE 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: