David Turner is a Belfast based artist who creates autobiographical work through toy mediums that reflect conflict, terrorism and evoke critical commentary on present day violence and war.

Growing up in turbulent Belfast during the 70’s and 80’s, Turner was surrounded by violence and conflict. These events have had a direct influence on his life and artwork, causing him to revisit his adolescence and recreate these memories with childhood mediums such as LEGO, Hama Beads and plasticine. Turner’s artwork presents a platform that is both a direct reflection of his childhood and the conflict he experienced as well as giving a voice to current atrocities, be they children of war, child soldiers or children who have lost their lives or a loved one to gun violence.

His work materialises in many forms. from two-dimensional depictions to fully functioning firearms which break down contentions of representation and offer new and exploratory directions for investigating themes of conflict, war, self and popular culture.

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David Turner at RUA RED Winter Open 2017

QSS artist David Turner recently exhibited in RUA RED’s Winter Open 2017 in South Dublin.   The Winter Open is […]

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QSS Christmas Show

QSS is delighted to present its annual Christmas Show which this year focuses on small works by Belfast-based artists. All […]

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Gallery 545 launch exhibition at QSS

Opening: Wednesday 8th November, 6pm – 9m Exhibition dates: 8th – 18th November 2017 Times: Tuesday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm | Friday – […]

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QSS artists exhibiting at Platform Arts Belfast

Three QSS artists – Sean Campbell, Gail Ritchie and David Turner will exhibit work at Platform Arts Belfast as part of And […]

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QSS member David Turner exhibiting in ‘Art Explorations’ at Atelier Interior Design

Exhibition dates: 19th October – 30th December 2017 Opening hours: 10.30 – 5.30 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, late opening on […]

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QSS artist David Turner exhibiting at Pallas Projects/Studios

MORE ORDINARY LEADERS: UNOFFICIAL PORTRAITS Opening: Wednesday 20 September, 6-8pm Artist’s talk: Wednesday 20 September 6.30pm Gallery Hours: Thursday–Saturday, 21–23 […]

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Unafraid Blue at QSS Gallery

Opening: Thursday 7th September, 18.00 – 21.00 Exhibition dates: 8th – 28th September 2017 Times: Tuesday-Thursday, 10.00 – 17.00   Unafraid […]

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Rory McElroy golf tee portrait by David Turner and Brendan Jamison Studios

QSS artist David Turner has recently worked with Brendan Jamison Studios and Mammoth Belfast to create a portrait of Rory […]

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New work by QSS artist David Turner featured in The News Letter

The News Letter has published an article on David Turner’s, latest body of work entitled ‘Space Cadet’. This new series […]

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NVTV interview with David Turner

Local television channel NVTV have featured studio artist David Turner ahead of his exhibition at QSS Gallery. David Interview begins […]

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David Turner at Studio 1.1 London

David Turner is currently showing in a group exhibition at Studio 1.1 London entitled ‘This Years Model, Deep Space Part […]

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