Clifford Julian Turpin


Federation of Canadian Artists (Founding Member 1941)

Clif J. Turpin exhibited in the B.C. Artists exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1938 to 1943 and in 1945. He also had a small solo exhibition of water colour paintings in 1942.

Turpin was one of the artists apparently rejected from the 13th Annual B.C. Artists exhibition in 1944, but did not show at the "Salon de Refuses" at the Galloway-Dorbil Gallery/Bookstore.

He exhibited in the 1945 British Columbia At Work exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He was living on Vancouver Island at Sooke and later Victoria.

B.C. Vital Statistics on-line notes that Clifford Turpin died in Terrace on May 7 1974 at the age of 58, possibly the artist.


1942 July 7 - 19 Solo exhibition (18 pictures) VAG

1934 Dec. 4 - 16 VAG   B.C. Artists Christmas Exhibition View at La Jolla, California
1938 Sept. 16 - Oct. 9 VAG   B.C. Artists 7th Annual The Wharf, Mayne Island
Dog Lake, Near Penticton
1939 Sept. 15 - Oct. 8 VAG   B.C. Artists 8th Annual The Moss-covered Maple
View from Albert Head, V.I.
1940 Sept. 20 - Oct. 13 VAG   B.C. Artists 9th Annual Delphiniums
Near Penticton, B.C.
1941 Sept. 26 - Oct. 19 VAG   B.C. Artists 10th Annual An Old Barn, Pender Island
S.S. Princess Mary at Hope Bay
1942 Sept. 25 - Oct. 18 VAG   B.C. Artists 11th Annual Convolvulus and White Admirals
1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 20 VAG   B.C. Artists 12th Annual The Back Road, Sooke
1945 Sept. 22 - Oct. 21 VAG   B.C. Artists 14th Annual Harvest Tie, Saanich
Evening, Rocky Point
1945 Nov. 13 - Dec. 2 Labour Arts Guild   B.C. At Work For Hatches, Matches & Dispatches



"Soft shades of blues, greens dawns (?) predominate in the water colors of C.J. Turpin, Victoria, which form a small but pleasing exhibition. Mr. Turpin usually has at least one picture hanging in the B.C. Artists' annual exhibition, and his work is well known to most Vancouver art lovers."
      From "Two Exhibitions At Art Gallery"
      Vancouver Sun, July 8, 1942

"Among our correspondents may be noted the names of ... Mr. C.J. Turpin of Victoria ..."
     From "Re: 13th Annual B.C. Artists' Exhibition" by A.S. Grigsby, October 20 1944.