John Davenall Turner (1900 – 1980, Canadian)

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Gift of John Davenall Turner (Estate), 2020

The gift from the John Davenoll Turner estate reconnects the Whyte Museum with this wonderful artist and adds to the work previously registered in the collections. A proficient landscape painter and charming humourist, the Peter Whyte Gallery hosted the very popular exhibition John Davenoll Turner: The Artful Codger in December 1978. In addition to his own art practice, Turner and his wife Grace established the Canadian Art Galleries in Calgary in 1945, a risky enterprise at the time but one they managed for 20 years. It was the first commercial gallery in Calgary and the only one in Canada with the sole purpose of only promoting Canadian artists. As a result, it was an admired destination for artists and art connoisseurs. In the Archives are articles, correspondence, and publications pertaining to John Davenoll Turner.