The Art of Andrew Turner

As a painter and pacesetter, Andrew Turner produced works of art in a marvelous array of themes. Over 100 images of Andrew Turner and his art are featured in the book.

Music Music Music

Church Ladies

Keepin’ The Faith

Piano Player

Bass Jazz

Boy On China Plate

What Patrons and Customers Say

There are dozens of quotes, comments and testimonials in the book.

“My husband and I are huge Andrew Turner fans. In the 90s, we lived in Philadelphia, eventually working our way up to being able to afford an apartment across the street from Sande Webster’s gallery (on Locust). She had Turner’s paintings in the window. We agreed we would buy one, but couldn’t agree on which one, so we bought two! We had no business buying any (given finances at the time) but I’m so glad we did.

I also have a copy of Marco Solo (children’s book) with his beautiful work in it. I will post photos of the two we have. One is called “Boppin” and the other – I think “Eight Ball.”

Valerie Greenberg

“Mr. Turner was an artist whose works grabbed the essence of his upbringing. His use of anything that he put images on is what separates him. A Philadelphia Jewel. Glad that I got an opportunity to meet him.”

Adrian J. Moody
Collector and Gallery Owner of Moody JONES Gallery



“The interesting thing was that his work cut across all ethnicities even though the subject matter was African-American. If you loved music and looked at the jazz painting, you could hear music. If you saw the church lady, you would hear the sermon. If you were a kid who ever looked in a window lusting after a bicycle, you’d feel that in his kid paintings. No other artist I’ve represented in 33 years was more able to touch human beings’ hearts than he did.”

Sande Webster
The Sande Webster Gallery


“Andrew Turner was what I would call a lyrical artist who created his own genre of painting, instantly recognizable, no matter what his subject was. I say, lyrical because somehow or other, his paintings seemed always to be a positive aspect of whatever scene of everyday life he was depicting. Once in a while, there might appear a touch of wistfulness, but, never ugly, mean or violent.”

Toni Nash, a true believer
Producer: “Andrew Turner, Just a man who Paints.”

Andrew Turner Video

Turner Interview and Andrew Turner Paints

I Love To Paint

“I lived life to the fullest. I enjoyed every day doing what I loved to do: paint.”

 Andrew Turner, Dick Gregory and Mercer Redcross

Preview Book Pages

Read excerpts from the book.

Little did I know when I awoke that morning {in the late 70’s} that this day would be amazing. A day I would never forget. It was the weekend of *The Annual Clothesline Exhibition* when the artists were in Rittenhouse Square to show and sell their work. Not just from Philadelphia but from many cities across the country. In the past I had found artists perfect for the Sande Webster Gallery and this day would not disappoint.

I see a tall. lanky *guy* whose look said *ARTIST* and I stop to look at the work. There were paintings not only on board and canvas but on found objects. I introduced myself and the rest is history. Andrew Turner became a member of the Gallery that day and until I closed in 2011 he was a star.

Fifteen solo shows and more than thirty group shows at the gallery and across the country. More than forty reviews that spoke of his talent and vision. His jazz, church scenes, ladies, families and later his abstract work was purchased by art lovers from all walks of life. Moses Malone, Woody Allen, Prince, Maya Angelou, Pennsylvania Academy oF The Fine Arts, McDonald’s, Bell Telephone and Penn State to mention a few.

James Caplan has stated, “As a young kid, Andrew would stand outside of the bars in Chester absorbing the jazz sounds created by the visiting jazz ensembles. Later in life Andrew was able to create jazz for the eye!”

Andrew Turner was not just another artist in the gallery. Creating work was *life* and it happened everyday. My memories of Andrew as a person and as an artist will be with me always. Even now when I look at his art I am sure wherever he is, Andrew Turner is still a true artist making work everyday.

Sande Webster-Brantley

About Author

Native Philadelphian Mercer Redcross, III co-founded October Gallery with Evelyn Redcross in 1985.
The gallery’s first location was in the Powelton Village section of Philadelphia. Today, the Gallery is
located in Germantown/Mt Airy where it continues to promote African-American art, artists and
consumer education. Redcross graduated from Cheyney University with a BS in Economics.
Then, he earned a Masters of Business Administration from Eastern University.

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