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Topical information and announcements about the artist Michael Taylor and his work.

Still life, Korean style

Still life with orchid

I first saw Korean Ch'aekorri still life paintings while visiting my son there last year. The heavy symbolism, distinctive colours and strange inverted perspective had a strong effect on me, and has consequently begun seep into some of my recent work.

Willow Foundation charity auction

Small still life

I was asked earlier this year to contribute a painting to Stars on Canvas, the biennial on-line auction in November organised by the Willow Foundation. I was very happy to create a new still life to support this very worthwhile charity, and hope you will make a bid to contribute to their good work. You will also avail yourself of a rare opportunity to acquire one of my original oil paintings as a bonus!

[The ebay auction has now closed]

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition

Self-portrait 2016

I will be showing three works including a new self portrait at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. The exhibition runs from 5th May-20th May 2016,10am to 5pm, Late nights on Tuesday (7pm).

Work on display at Waterhouse and Dodd

Grinder

Four paintings, including the first Gallery showing of the recent still life Grinder, are currently on display at Waterhouse and Dodd's Albemarle Street gallery in London. They will be shown alongside an exhibition of recent work by British artist Jemimah Patterson.

New Still Life

Grinder

Waterhouse and Dodd will be showing Michael's new still life 'Grinder' at the London Art Fair, Jan 20th-24th 2016 at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH.

Recent still lifes at Waterhouse and Dodd, London

Fruit, glass bowl and brace

Waterhouse and Dodd will be presenting five new works at the gallery in February 2015. The rear of the gallery will feature a selection of work curated by Michael from gallery stock, including further oil paintings and works on paper by the artist.

Self Portrait on display at Turner Contemporary

Self Portrait

The National Portrait Gallery's drawing, Self Portrait (in memory of my father), is to be shown as part of an exhibition devoted to self portraiture at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Opening on 25th January, and organized jointly with the NPG, 'Self: Image and Identity: Self-portraiture from Van Dyck to Louise Bourgeois' is being staged to showcase their newly acquired Van Dyck self portrait.

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.....

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.....

Sir John Tavener 1944-2013

Sir John Tavener

On 12th of November the world lost a truly unique personality and composer, and I lost a very dear friend and neighbour. John had that rare quality of a formidable intellect combined with a child's trusting heart, and the combination could be devastating. I had painted a portrait of this lovely, impossible, brilliant, difficult, kind and often very funny man in 2001 for the National Portrait Gallery, and although we stayed in touch, it was only since ......

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