Collections – Ben Turner

Ben Turner

Ben Turner
Untitled Landscape (View of Pecos Wilderness)
Oil on Panel
Price on Request

This historic work was in the possession of US senator Dennis Chavez; and it hung in his office in Washington, DC, until his death in 1962. The painting continued to be in the possession of his family and was prominently displayed in his daughter’s home in Albuquerque, NM, until her passing this year.

Ben Turner (1912-1966), a descendent of famed English maritime artist, J.M.W. Turner (1775 – 1851), is a well-known New Mexico landscape painter who gained recognition as one of few early 20th century New Mexico natives to gain commercial success in the arts. Turner was born in Gallup, New Mexico and studied at the University of New Mexico and the Art Institute of Chicago, later becoming associated with Taos and Santa Fe art scenes, where he established several prominent studios. He specialized in spontaneous, natural paintings depicting the variety and richness of his home landscape. Turner’s works are part of numerous private and national collections, including the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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