Willian Ralph Turner was born in Chorlton-on-Medlock and he has become known as one of the last great living Northern English Industrial artists. He is certantly one of the last who knew and was influenced by L. S. Lowry.
For about 60 years Turner painted The North West often from memory and images obtained whilst indulging his passion for long distant cycling.
He first showed at The Manchester Academy in 1949 and subsequently exhibited at Gibbs Book Shop in 1958, The Tibb Lane Gallery and Salford Art Gallery. However he did not find fame, recognition and some fortune until he was "discovered" by David Gunning an art dealer from Todmorden in 2000.
A major exhibition of his work was held by Clark Art at Hale Cheshire in 2010. His work is now widely collected and his prices are climbing rapidly.