Mark Turner is a Preston-based GP, with what he readily admits is an addiction to collecting contemporary art.
Mark has amassed an impressive collection which includes work by Jamie Shovlin and Laura Ford. He is also the largest single collector of work by Gordon Cheung and Liam Spencer.
Mark’s love of contemporary art began 10 years ago, when he first saw the work of Liam Spencer at the opening of the Lowry Centre and subsequently purchased Liam’s painting of the Lowry Centre itself. Since then his collection has grown to over 300 pieces and has increased considerably in value.
A Private Affair Personal Collections of Contemporary Art
Work from Mark Turner's collection appears in The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston's exhibition A Private Affair, 28 January - 5 May 2012, which has been curated in collaboration with Mark Doyle, Head of Collector Development, Contemporary Art Society North West.
A Private Affair tells the personal stories behind private collections of contemporary art and includes emerging northern artists alongside artists who are internationally famous. The exhibition explores the background behind individual collections: why do individuals collect contemporary art, what influences decisions about what to collect, how do collectors and their families live with the art and do relationships with artworks change over time?
Find out more at www.harrismuseum.org.uk