He entered the art world at the age of seventeen, taking a position as porter in the Picture Department of the auctioneers W. & F.C. Bonham & Sons in Knightsbridge, London. Rising to assistant Cataloguer he helped in the evaluation and identification of paintings consigned to the forty plus auctions held annually. This early exposure to such a vast number and variety of paintings formed the basis of the knowledge he possesses today. By the late 1970’s he was keen to move on and so joined the gallery of Rafael Valls one of London’s most prestigious Old Master dealers. In 1979 he became the assistant to Roy Miles at his eponymous gallery. At this time Roy Miles was considered to be the world’s preeminent dealer in Victorian Art. Whilst here Nigel travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Americas sourcing paintings for sale in London. Since 1981, Nigel Turner has owned and operated the Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery.
In 1982 the name was changed to Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery and began the process of establishing the gallery as one of the West Coast’s preeminent dealing exclusively in European Art. The gallery’s strategy was to provide their private and trade clientele with a vast inventory to satisfy price, style and subject requirements. During the 1980’s they established an international reputation for dealing in quality paintings of all schools mostly acquired through contacts in Paris and London. By the mid 1990’s the gallery was close to annual sales of six hundred paintings and needed another source of inventory. It was then that they first went to Belgium and were amazed at the breadth and quality of paintings available. Belgium soon became the gallery’s chief source of inventory and it remains that way today.
Although the location on La Cienega was closed in June 2016, the gallery is still very much open for business and have retained a sizeable inventory. A large selection of paintings can be viewed on this website and we are always happy to present paintings for viewing at a location convenient to the client’s wishes.
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