John Turner was a romantic landscape, watercolourist painter and printmaker born in London in 1775. He was educated in the Royal Academy of Art School in 1789 at a very young age when his uncle saw his talent for art. Once developing a reputation, Turner travelled around all of the art centres in Europe, expanding his knowledge on art. Influencing impressionism, he is often viewed as one of the greatest British artists of all time.
Turners subject matter mainly consisted of landscapes and nature, often going to extremes in order to witness nature in its true element such as aggressive storms. Freedom was important to him and so when he gained financial independence, he began to experiment more with his style and approach towards his subject, particularly with light. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Painter of Light’ as ‘light’ is often the focus of his paintings.