About Reg Turner


Born in the Dutch West Indies, Reg was given his first set of oil paints at the age of seven by a well know local marine artist, H. Parry Jones.

At age twelve, his family returned to England. With no formal art training Reg won a number of art competitions whilst at school. He developed his own way of painting, mainly seascapes inspired by J.M William Turner (1775-1851), often called the ‘apostle of light’ and credited with founding the abstract impressionist movement at the beginning of the 20th century.

Reg travelled the world with the Royal Air Force, exhibiting where ever he was stationed.

Immigrating to New Zealand in 1972, he pioneered the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand, and held his first New Zealand exhibition in Rotorua in 1974.

Now settled in Golden Bay, he is focusing on abstract impressionist and “spontaneous creations” in acrylics and oils, many with a marine theme.

Reg is also owner of Song of the Tui – luxury bed and breakfast in Golden Bay, NZ. Visit www.songofthetui.co.nz