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 Peter Turgeon  (1919 - 1999)

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois      Known for: painting and drawing, primitive style marine scenes, actor

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Peter Turgeon was born in Hinsdale, Illinois in 1919 and died at the age of 80 in Amagansett, Long Island, New York.  His primary career was as an actor, director and script writer.  His career spanned 60 years and he appeared on Broadway, summer stock, in television and in the movies.  A comic actor, Mr. Turgeon devoted his life to the theater but had taken up drawing and painting while young and developed his own unique style.  He considered his model to be the American primitive school with influences from nautical paintings (his ship series, mostly shown off Montauk Point) and Theodore Rousseau.

In the 1940s through 1960s, Turgeon created a series of paintings that captured New York City during this period: from the area around the Queensborough Bridge to scenes from Broadway.  When he purchased an old house in the small farming town of Amagansett in the late 1950s, he began to paint scenes from the Hamptons but always the images of the beach, the historic ships that had sailed off the coast and quiet images of nature and people. 

One of his paintings, of the Great Eastern that was damaged off of Montauk Point in 1862, was featured on a postcard sold in Montauk. In the 1970s through 1990s Turgeon exhibited his work in a number of small local galleries in the Hamptons and sold his work to private collectors.

He favored imagined images of a gentler and quieter time in the far eastern Long Island Communities and a fabled New York City of the 1940s and 50s.

His work is mostly owned by his children, his many friends from around the world and collectors who enjoy an authentic primitive style.

Written and submitted by Wendy Turgeon, daughter of the artist.

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