BIOGRAPHY James Alfred Turner - Page 3 of 4 Turner was an exhibiting member of the Victorian Artists' Society, the Australian Art Association, the Victorian Academy of Arts, the Yarra Sculptors' Society, the Melbourne Art Club and New Melbourne Art Club. The State Library of Victoria artists biography index lists exhibitions in which he showed and brief details of the various works. A summary of the index is .... Exhibited Yarra Sculptors Society - 1898, 1901-02, 1902, 1906, 1908 Exhibited Victorian Artists Society - March.October.November 1890 Exhibited Victorian Academy of Arts - 1884-85, 1887 Exhibited New Melbourne Art Club 1894 Exhibited Melbourne Art Club 1897 POSTCARDS The first of his paintings to be reproduced on postcards was published in Melbourne about 1904. It proved popular and forty- six of his rural and bush-life works were issued in colour. No other colonial painter's work was published in such volume and Turner postcards are still sought by collectors. 45 of the 46 known postcard scenes are illustrated in the Picture Gallery - PostCard section. Selected Bibliography: Table Talk, 21 Nov 1901; Argus (Melbourne), 8 May 1890, 16 Apr 1908; Australian Financial Review, 15 Nov 1973.
Shirley C. Jones. 'Turner, James Alfred (1850 - 1908)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 296. Shirley C. Jones , 'JA Turner: an elusive colonial painter' This Australia (Winter 1988 p 86-88). She outlines her research into Turner and in particular his artwork appearing on postcards. This Australia is held by both the State Library of Queensland ( ) & State Library of NSW ( ). Shirley C. Jones Monograph - A Quiet Painter 2009 - see SHOP page
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The art of Australian painter James Alfred Turner (1850 - 1908)
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