Hello and welcome to this Printmaking and PhD Research Site for Edward (Jonnie) Turpie’s journey in drawn, printed, analogue and digital portraiture.

The drawn serigraph: An investigation through portraiture


Turpie, having pursued a successful creative industries career returned to education in 2017 as a Doctoral Research Student at Birmingham School of Art. His career included establishing Maverick Tv, an independent production company producing innovative and award winning television and digital content. During his journey towards PhD completion he has written articles on Fine art Printmaking and digital photography, his first academic work since achieving an MA Printmaking from the RCA in 1979. His PhD Research subject is: The drawn serigraph: An investigation through portraiture, in which he explores the subtle digital and analogue techniques of image making and the complex relationships between the Artist and Subject.


Curriculum Vitae

Jonnie produced and directed public service drama, documentary and digital media over the last 30 years from the West Midlands. Following from his career as an artist his touchstone has been collaborative film, television and digital media.

Acknowledged across the industry as a forward thinker, he applied new video, technology and digital techniques to create innovative styles and approaches to multi award winning television and digital media.

For 25 years he was a Director of Maverick Television, which he founded and has grown into one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. Maverick joined the UK’s largest Independent Production Company All3Media in 2007. The company has bases in Birmingham, Los Angeles and London employing a wide range of talent, which he supported, mentored and advocated for.

He is a director of The Space, founding director of the Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Chair of BOA Stage and Screen, Trustee of Birmingham Museums Trust, Chair of MAC and was awarded an MBE for services to international trade in the Queens 2010 New Years honours List.

In 2015/16 he was the High Sheriff of the West Midlands with a theme of arts, creativity and young people. In 2017 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands. Having retired from the wonderful Maverick he is embarking on his practice based Phd at Birmingham School of Art.

Academic Activity

Impact Journal (2). UWE Centre Fine Print Research. Title:Gestural drawing for serigraphy’. Published November 2020. 

Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice. Vol 5 Number 2. Intellect Ltd. ‘Drawing Ed Ruscha’ Accepted August 2020. Published January 2021

Huddersfield University: Photography and lived experience. ‘Consenting Adults’. Delivered June 2019

The National Association for Fine Art Education / Royal College of Art. Urgency in the Arts Symposium: Being open and vulnerable to the making, in the making. Delivered March 2019

Materials Encounters. Birmingham School of Art Research Cluster. Co delivered: WRITING WORKSHOP : Peer-review, publishing and editorial roles. November 2020.

European Academy: 8th Euroacademia International Conference – Inside-Out: Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers. Title:  ‘Portraiture and Identity in the Ages of Analogue and Digital Art and Invention’ Lucca, Italy. Accepted, but not delivered due to expense

A drawn serigraphic portrait. Birmingham City University Essay. October 2019

Photographic Portraiture In The Western Context. Birmingham City University Essay. October 2019

Discreet and Surreptitious Photography and Art. Birmingham City University Essay. October 2019

Art Exhibition 

2021. Schwarmerei. Ort Gallery.

2021. IKON for Artists

2021: Magistrates 100 Year Anniversary.  Portraits of the future: Race and the Criminal Justice. D Contemporary 

2021. IMPACT11 Hong Kong (virtual)

2021. Printmakers Council Featured Artist

2020. RBSA Prize Exhibition.

2020: Ort Gallery Schwarmerei 

2020: Magistrates 100 Year Anniversary.  Two Portraits of the future: Race and the Criminal Justice.

2019:  ‘Cabin Baggage’ with Norwich University of the Arts and the University of Dundee

2019: Powder Drop.  D Emptyspace. Featured Artist

2018 / 19.BCU PGR Lab.

2018: IMPACT 10 Print Biennale. Santander.

2018: You and I are discontinuous Beings. BCU School of Art and Coventry University Department of Art and Education – Co Curation 2018

1973 – 82. Various Art Exhibitions inc ICA New Contemporaries, Midland Group Nottingham, Robert Self Gallery, Artist Books, Boulder Colorado.

More recently: West Midlands Open at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, SALON at Waterhall , Pulpa Print, 20×20 Hot Bed Press; 2017 High Sheriff Printed Portraits BMAG; Impact Santander; selections for the RBSA Print, Photography, Prize and Portraits.

Board Positions

2016 – Chair Midlands Arts Centre – MAC

2016 – Trustee Birmingham Museums Trust

2015 – 2021 Director The SPACE, Arts Council and BBC

2013 – 2019 Director Creative England

2014 – 2019 Creative Champion GBSLEP, Employment and Skills board

2013 – 2018 Deputy Chair, Birmingham Creative City Partnership

2011 – 2015  Birmingham Science City Board

2010 – 2012 Director Advantage West Midlands

2011 – Vice Chair, Birmingham Ormiston Academy

2005 – 11 Chair Screen West Midlands

2008 – 2010 PRIME Strategic Partnering Board, NHS BEN Trust

2007 – 2009 Chair Hello Digital International Digital Film & Media event

2005 –  2011 Director, Hi8us Midlands

2004 – 2007   Deputy Chair, Culture West Midlands

Selected Production

Digital Media

Random Acts – Executive Producer Maverick & Rural Media C4/ACE

Dissemination Lead FISTAR  – Future Internet Health EU FP7 Programme

Executive Producer, No Delays digital health platform – NHS Grampian

Media lead – Living It Up – Innovate UK  & NHS 24

Exec Producer- Spill with DanceX for SPACE, BBC /ACE

Exec Producer – Teaching Shakespeare – RSC

Director –  NHS local – NHS West Midlands Digital Health Service

Exec Producer, Embarassing Illnesses online – Channel 4 new media – Winner BAFTA

4TALENT and Ideas Factory  – exec producer C4

EDRAMA – Hi8us, DTI, Birmingham University, BT.


GENETICS FUTURES – YTouring/ NOF/Science Museum

Factual Television.

TEACHERS TV – 18 SERIES, Exec Producer

UK SKILLS JAPAN – Exec Producer


SLOT ART 8 x 3′ for Channel 4 / Arts Council Exec Producer

BULL FIGHT 3 x 50mins C4, Exec Producer

ALIEN DIARIES : Producer Channel 5

HIGHLAND BOLLYWOOD ; Producer, Channel 4

TRADE SECRETS. 24 X 10mins BBC2, Exec Producer

GOOD MORNING DIARIES. 6 X 6mins BBC2, Exec Producer

LOOK WHOSE TALKING. 4 x 5mins for C4 Director /Camera

CLOSE TO HOME.  30mins, C4 Current Affairs. Producer/Director

FREE FOR ALL. Channel 4 weekly access series. Producer Director.

MOTOR CITY MUSIC YEARS. Central TV, 3 x 30mins.  Director.   Birmingham’s Pop history. Inc The Move, Black Sabbath, Spencer Davies, Joan Armatrading, UB40, Duran Duran and Apache Indian.


STAFFROOM MONOLOGUES – Dir Jean Stewart. Teachers TV.                                                                Winner RTS Education


LONG HAUL Exec Producer STV/Scottish Screen


Winner :  Commission for Racial Equality, Best Drama

PURE C4 /ACE – Writer/Director

THE VISIT C4 – Writer/Director.                                  Winner : Royal Television Society Best Independent Production

BLAZED. C4 – Director Script Michael Buffong.          Winner : RTS Best Independent

WINGNUT AND THE SPROG. C4 – Director, Script Marie Jones.

DREAM KITCHEN. C4 – Director, Script Gary Lyons

OUT OF ORDER – Director BFI/C4 Script DHSS & Howard Schuman.                                     Winner of Ethique & Television Montbeliard

Young People’s Collaborative Programming



TURN IT UP x 4 – BFVW for C4

Education & Employment

2017 to date     PhD Practice-based, Birmingham City University, UK

 1976-79             MA Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London, UK

1973 –76 BA Fine Art, Newcastle Polytechnic. 1st Class Hons.

1967 – 73 Kelso High School : 6 Highers and 8 O levels

Uddingston Primary School 1963

2016 Honorary Doctor Coventry University

2017 Honorary Doctor Wolverhampton University

2018 Honorary Doctor Birmingham City University


1979-83 ; Wolverhampton School of Art and Design, Research Fellow

1983- 89 ; B‘ham Film and Video Workshop. Director

1989 – 93 ; Independents Birmingham Ltd. Director

1993 – 2017 Maverick television  Ltd. Founder Director

2009 – 15 Warwick University, WMG Digital Consultant


Shared Studio set for conference event 2019. Moseley School of Art.
Portraits in Progress 2020
Studio Movie. Two Tissue Paper Prints
Jonnie screen printing Birmingham School of Art Print studio
Jonnie offering paper for screen printing. Birmingham School of Art Print studio


A new area of investigation has been pursued after a period of covid isolation: Screen positive surfaces.

Carborundum Grit (no 80), Perspex, water, glass muller and magnifying glass. Birmingham School of Art.

Sanded: http – //printsanew.jonnieturpie.com/sanded-surface

Gritted and Pressed – http://printsanew.jonnieturpie.com/grited-surfaces

Pitted and Gritted – http://printsanew.jonnieturpie.com/pitted-prints-monotone-and-flat-colour

Medium – http://printsanew.jonnieturpie.com/medium-surface

Gilded – http://printsanew.jonnieturpie.com/gilded-surface

Portrait prints 20/21

Tusti. Happenchance Meeting by Queen Victoria. First drawing in Covid times. March 2021. Scarf Orange background Digital Drawing.
Caroline. Drawn two colour silkscreen. Bread and Butter Paper 101x68cm. 2020.
Yuchen Yang 2020. Silkscreen on cartridge 420 x 594mm
Mohammed Ali. Artist. A2 iPad draw and silkscreen printed.Canaletto Paper, 841 x 594. 2019
Hamza. Jacket Man. A1 Drawn silkscreen. Canaletto Paper. 2019.
Hamza. ‘Jacket Man ‘ Collaborative with Mohammed Ali. Drawn silkscreen on tracing paper with overpaying. 2019.
Ifzal Ahmed. Carpenter’s Peak. 101×68 Drawn silkscreen. Bread and Butter Paper 101x68cm. 2019.
Afzal. Carpenter’s Peak. 101×68 Drawn 3 colour silkscreen. Bread and Butter Paper 101x68cm. 2019.
Ian Sergeant. PhD Passion. 2 Colour silkscreen. Bread and Butter Paper, 101x68cm. 2019
Adam Gee. A1 Silkscreen Duotone. 2019.
Looking Directly on like this. Ed Ruscha, Artist Room,Tate. 5 colour silkscreen, 594 x 841. 2019.
‘Mentor’. Stephen Goldstein. Silkscreen. 594 x 841. 2019
Rashid Campbell. Charity Worker. November 2020. 594 x 841mm. Silkscreen. 2019
Rashid Campbell, Gold. Charity Worker. November 2020. 594 x 841mm. Silkscreen. 2019
Adrian Stonemason. drawn and painted Silkscreen 594x420mm. 2017
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