Ian Turnock

Ian Turnock

Congleton, Cheshire, United Kingdom

About Ian Turnock

My sculpture is inspired by simple and complex patterns and structures in nature. Currently my main sources of inspiration are the silhouettes trees form against the sky at different times of the year. Often it is the empty spaces and gaps I am looking for just as much as the leaves and branches themselves, an aesthetic concept known in Japanese culture as ‘Ma’ which is akin to the silences between the notes in music. The Japanese also have a poetic word for the dappled light trees create: ’Komorebi’.

"A wood is essentially a field of light overgrown by trees. It is not the trees themselves that make a wood,
but the shape and disposition of the remaining light, of the sky that descends between the trees.” 
from The Peregrine or The Hill of Summer by nature writer J.A. Baker

My background in graphic design influences my exploration of form and line. Drawings and photographs are the starting point from which I develop organic, abstract and figurative sculpture. I create intricate drawings from which the final artwork is digitally cut into stainless steel, corten weathering steel, aluminium, copper and plywood, transforming the drawn line into a tangible object.


HND Graphic Design


Elements: Wood Metal
10 October - 28 November 2020
Gallery 57, Arundel, UK

Several of my wall sculptures shown at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London 2014/2015.


Cunard Queen Mary II
11 sculptures for the Princess Grill

Hotel, Algeria 2015
2 framed woodcuts

Tudor Capital Europe, London 2015
1 stainless steel wall sculpture

Hotel, Bahrain 2015
1 stainless steel wall sculpture

Private client, Saudi Arabia 2014
2 aluminium sculptures

Private client, London 2013
2 stainless steel garden sculptures

Cunard Queen Mary II
11 sculptures for Princess Grill restaurant

Private client, London 2014
1 copper garden sculpture

The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury 2013
Wall sculpture commissioned by Artscape: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

The Alpina Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland
52 weathered steel sculptures for a new luxury boutique hotel

Private residence, Paris 2012
10 steel wall sculptures

Private client, York 2012
stainless steel decorative screen

Private client, London 2012
2 rusted steel wall sculptures

P&O Azura Cruise Liner 2010
2 curved stainless steel wall sculptures

Salford Business School 2010
vinyl window decoration

EDF Energy, Head Office, London 2008
2 reclaimed steel wall sculptures

Candy & Candy Interiors 2008
aluminium wall sculpture

Restaurant, Finland 2008
aluminium wall sculpture


My wall sculpture ‘Eye of the Hurricane’ was selected for Drawn 2015 at The Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol.