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

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 ......

Gallery move to Albemarle Street

Waterhouse and Dodd

Waterhouse and Dodd will be showing Broken Camera with Red Curtain in the first show at their new gallery at 47 Albemarle Street, London W1 4JW. The exhibition, which opens on July 5th, contains Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary works, including Calder, Picasso, Bomberg and Hockney. The gallery move is a result of the pending redevelopment of Cork Street.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 2013

Seated Girl with Three-tiered Table

Seated Girl with Three-Tiered Table is on display at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in the Mall Galleries, London. (nr Trafalgar Square) The exhibition runs from 9th-24th May 2013. For more information http://www.therp.co.uk/

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 ....

Self Portrait on display at NPG

Self Portrait

Self portrait is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery in room 40. The drawing is a recent aquisition by the NPG. Also on display at present is Michael's portrait of Sir John Tavener, in room 36. Waterhouse and Dodd are currently offering a drawing from the same series at their....

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.

Portrait of Andy Sheppard on show at new Holburne Museum exhibition.

Andy Sheppard

Michael's portrait of jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard is on show as part of an exibition called "Local Heroes" which showcases the Holburne Museum Portrait Prize commissions, and runs from 21st April-24th June 2012.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 2012

Woman Cradling Glass Vessel

Michael will be showing three figure paintings at this year's Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries. The exhibition runs from 3rd-18th of May.

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