Don Laviere Turner Biography

Don Laviere Turner




Don LaViere Turner was born in Wisconsin on August 24, 1929. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, getting his B.S. degree in 1951 and his M.S. degree in 1953. Turner moved to southern California, getting a Master of Fine Arts degree from Los Angeles County Art Institute, part of Otis Institute of Design, in 1958.

Turner and his wife Gerre lived in Glendora, California, north of Los Angeles, where Turner taught privately and maintained his studio at his home on Soderberg Street. His studio was in the front of the house and his printing facilities in his garage. Later the Turners moved to Laverne, a town north of Glendale, where he again established a printing studio.

In 1971 Don and Gerre returned to Wisconsin, where he had family. He continued to make prints and paint. In 1997 he was diagnosed with lung cancer and succumbed to the disease on December 9, 1997 in Marquette, Wisconsin.

Ken Self published a catalogue raisonné of his 191 prints in 2015.  This also lists all his awards and exhibitions, which were extensive.  ISBN: 978-1-32-069711-8.