Encouraged by his father, a talented amateur artist, Harrow-born Michael started submitting his motor sport sketches to The Motor magazine in the late 1940s. After school, one year at art college and two years doing National Service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Michael was employed at a commercial art studio in London.
During the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Michael became the go-to artist for motor sport event and Grand Prix posters. He produced artwork for the German, Spanish, Dutch and US GPs, and maybe most importantly, from 1965, five for the Monaco GP, following in the footsteps of two of the all-time greatest French illustrators Geo Ham and Michel Beligond.
“I’d been working with track passes for the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) since 1958, so it knew me from that. It talked to me about doing its posters in 1964, which is why the featured cars on the ’65 poster were based on the previous year’s models,” says Michael.
Paintings by Michael Turner are always in demand, and while small originals can be found for as little as £500, you should budget £2000 upwards for a mid-sized work. Original posters with Michael Turner artwork range in price from around £100 for the more obscure races to £1000-£2000 for a fine example from the Monaco GP. Rupert Whyte runs Historic Car Art, www.historiccarart.net