Jon Lys Turner

When Bacon met his Waterloo

The Diary of Richard Chopping: Saturday 6th April 1974 FB & I became transfixed by the horror o the Eurovision Song Contest, compered by Katie Boyle & finally won by two ghastly Swedish girls singing a song called “Waterloo.” Daily Mail article below…

The Burlington Magazine

The Burlington Magazine September 2023 edition

The September 2023 edition of The Burlington Magazine features one of Denis Wirth-Miller’s dog paintings on the cover. A twelve page thesis by Katharina Günther analyses some of the vast quantity of items left in his studio.  “The many similarities to the contents of Francis Bacon’s studio elucidate the artistic relationship between the two friends, which was […]

Celebrating 70 Years Of James Bond In Print

Bond at Pinewood Studios 70 Years in print

In this 70th year of the literary James Bond, we are celebrating the written legacy of all things 007 with a very special event on October 29th in association with Ian Fleming Publications at London’s Pinewood Studios. With readings of extracts from books by Bond actors throughout, as we introduce: Jon Lys Turner to discuss his […]

Divine’s Life In London

Divines life in London ticket small

On Sunday, 18th June Dame Zandra Rhodes and Jon Lys Turner celebrate Divine’s life and career. Together they will lead a discussion on Divine’s time in London and the UK in the 1980’s during his UK tour.    Click on the ticket below for further details and to buy tickets.  

Francis Bacon Lovers Brawl

Jon Bacon in The Observer

I am currently transcribing years and years of the personal diaries of Chopping and Wirth-Miller. Some clues hint at bigger stories, as in this case. When I discussed the story with Zandra (who of course knew Dicky, Denis and Francis) as we travelled on the train to Firstsite, she neatly top &-tailed the story for […]

‘DENIS WIRTH-MILLER: Landscapes and Beasts’ at Firstsite until 22nd January 2023. Free entry.

Denis the menace exhibition

https://jonlysturner.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/FirstsitePromo.m4v Artists Denis Wirth-Miller and Francis Bacon were friends for more than fifty years. However, while Francis Bacon is recognised today as one of Britain’s foremost painters, Denis Wirth-Miller is relatively unheard of. This important exhibition, the largest retrospective of Denis’s work to date, seeks to rectify this fact, showcasing the breadth of his paintings, […]

The case of the disputed Lucian Freud

Jon lys Turner in The New Yorker

“Let’s face it. . . . They must hate me, because I did what they didn’t want. I won.” Find out more on the published article on The New Yorker Website  

Divine’s Orange Octopus Disco Dress on show at Queer Britain

It is with great pleasure that I am lending Divine’s bright orange ‘Octopus’ disco dress to Queer Britain, the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum which is housed in Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, occupying part of a beautiful historic building owned by the charity, Art Fund. Queer Britain celebrates people who have impacted every part […]