Tony Turner | Illusion Laid Bare http://tonyturnerart.com
I was delighted to meet Tony Turner today at the private view of his work at Julian Hartnoll Gallery. He is a contemporary with Allen Jones and Kitaj, and studied at the Royal Academy in the late 50’s.
Vivienne Roberts from ‘foroneweekonly’ rediscovered Tony’s work and here to see and experience are these intricately end expertly crafted, magical and entertaining drawings, which he worked on in the 1970’tees. I was really enjoying these and was reminded of performances I had been to and that sense of amazement only a true magician can inspire in the audience.
There was the image of the beautiful assistant spot lit and levitating through a hoop in mid air, attached to an ingenious contraption. In an other seated mysterious ladies disappear down trap doors, and amongst more shadows and lights an other exquisite drawing shows a figure that morphed from the skin of a roaring tiger within a circle of rotating hands juggles coloured balls All may look as if revealed but there is a lot more that is unexplained, and Tony just like a magician stays true to preserving the tradition of the professional magician Oath which sounds like this:
“As a magician I promise never to reveal the secret of any illusion to a non-magician, unless that one swears to uphold the Magician’s Oath in turn. I promise never to perform any illusion for any non-magician without first practicing the effect until I can perform it well enough to maintain the illusion of magic.”
Originally a book of magic and illusionism, which he had found in the library at the time, inspired Tony Turner’s drawings. He remembers copying some of the tricks from the illustrations in the original book but then began to invent his own surreal situations and put them on paper.
He told me that, recently with a view to this exhibition, he had tried to find the book again but could not locate it anywhere, not being sure of the title anymore. Was it all an illusion then? And are there any Magicians out there who might recognise a trick or two?
The Exhibition continues until the 16th June 2010 at Julian Hartnoll Gallery , 37 Duke Street St. James’s London SW1Y 6DF and for more information contact Vivienne Roberts from <a href="http://ForOneWeekOnly.com “>