Stanley Francis Turner was born in Aylesbury, England, in 1883. He studied in London at the South Kensington School of Art. He emigrated to Canada in 1903, settling near Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
While pursuing an artistic career he worked as a farmer. In 1911, he moved to Toronto, Ontario and began work in advertising. Shortly after settling in Toronto he began studies at the Ontario College of Art with George Reid and J.W. Beatty.
Turner worked in a variety of mediums including oils, pen and ink, etching and woodblock prints. His subjects often urban and cityscape scenes.
Turner's paintings, illustrations, and prints have also been used in books and magazines.
During World War II, he received a commission from national newspaper The Globe and Mail to illustrate war maps.
In 1930, Turner was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
His works are part of the collections of many museums and galleries such as the National Gallery of Canada, University of Saskatchewan, Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian War Museum, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, among others.
Turner passed away in Toronto, Ontario, in 1953.