Michael Taylor

Contemporary British figurative painter

The images shown in the Works section of this permanent exhibition site represent a selection of Michael's oil paintings produced since leaving Goldsmiths College School of Art in 1974.

Most of the works depicted here have been exhibited at various exhibitions and galleries including The Royal Academy of Arts, Beaux Arts (London and Bath), The National Portrait Gallery, and most recently at Waterhouse and Dodd (London), and have been acquired by private or public collections including:

  • The National Portrait Gallery, London
  • The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath
  • The House of Lords Collection of the UK Parliament
  • The former Scheringa Museum, Netherlands

Awards include:

  • The National Portrait Gallery Portrait Prize
  • The Holburne Contemporary Portrait Prize
  • The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Changing Faces Award

Commissioned to paint Boy with Apple for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Boy with Apple

Film director Wes Anderson approached me in 2012 to paint a fictional Re­nais­sance portrait to be titled 'Boy with Apple' for his next film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The plot pivots around the theft and recovery of a priceless portrait by Renaissance master Johannes Van Hoytl. Intrigued by the script and surprised to hear that he intended to commission a real portrait, I decided to come onboard.....

Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Gallery, Winchester

Couple

I will be showing two works, Couple (1990) and Woman Cradling Glass Vessel (2010) in the exhibition 'Family, familiar' at the Gallery at the Discovery Centre in Winchester, 22nd March-11th May 2014. Described by the gallery as.....

Still life show at Waterhouse and Dodd

Broken Camera with Red Curtain

A new still life, Broken Camera with Red Curtain, will join two other recent works at the forthcoming mixed exhibition of contemporary still life painting at Waterhouse and Dodd in Cork Street, London. The show will be the last at their Cork Street premises before the gallery moves to a new space in Albermarle Street (due to the controversial Cork Street redevelopment).

The exhibition opens on 15th May, and runs until 7th June. A PDF of the catalogue (6.2 MB: requires Adobe Reader) is available. Other artists featured ....

New Still Lifes

Clock Bits

I have recently gone back to making some comparatively small, concentrated still lifes. These tend to feature.....

Portrait of Sir John Tavener on loan to Barber Institute.

Sir John Tavener

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham will be showing Michael's portrait of Sir John Tavener as part of a collection of portraits of 20th century composers. The exhibition, a joint project with the National Portrait Gallery titled "Facing the Music", will be formally opened by Michael on 24th May and will run from 25th May- 27th August 2012.

Self portrait drawing acquired by National Portrait Gallery

In Memory of my Father

Self Portrait (In Memory of my Father) was acquired by The National Portrait Gallery, London in February, 2012. It joins their collection of artists' self portraits.

Self Portrait commission

Self Portrait 2011

The first four months of the year have been spent creating a Self Portrait with Grave Goods (and shaving mirror). It formed the culmination of six years of non stop work which provided the content for my two one man shows at Waterhouse and Dodd, interspersed with one or two portrait commissions. I saw this self portrait, a commission from a Turkish collector, as a chance to reflect on this period and finally dump myself and a collection of redundant props and metaphoric objects in the attic tomb, and seal the entrance.

London exhibition of recent paintings at Waterhouse & Dodd

Waterhouse and Dodd

This one-man show runs from 24 November until 17 December 2010 at Waterhouse & Dodd, 26 Cork Street, London W1S 3ND. A catalogue is available from the gallery on request. For further information call Jamie Anderson at the gallery on +44 20 7734 7800. Also, a downloadable .pdf version of the catalogue is available via the gallery website.

in the intoduction to the catalogue, Huon Mallalieu writes ......



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Michael Taylor is a contemporary Brtish artist and portrait painter. Michael Tayler, Michael Tailor, Micheal Taylor. Art by Michael Taylor (The Artist).

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