Looking at William Turnbull’s sculptures is to see a long, unbroken lineage of form, balance and material. His expressive, often raw, and reductive style draws inspiration from a history of sculpture that spans thousands of years. African Art as well as the Cycladic tradition provided Turnbull with a fertile ground from which his work could spring, but he was able to create a distinct vernacular that makes his work instantly recognisable. With the simplest line or hint of a curve, the sculptures of Turnbull reveal his astute eye. With his hands, he conjured from wood, plaster and bronze, elegant and primordial figures and forms that appear at once timeless. This October, S2 London will host an exhibition of Turnbull’s work that includes his Blade Venus series from 1989.