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

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.

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

Self Portrait 2011

Piano Pieces has been shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers prize 2012. The exhibition of this year's finalists, which is free, can be seen at the Mall Galleries from 28th March until 5th April, and then later from 23rd-27th April at WH Patterson Gallery in Albemarle Street, London.

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.

Scheringa Museum update

Scheringa Museum

Following the collapse of the DSB Bank owned by Dirk Scheringa, it's main creditor, ABN Amro, seized the entire collection, which had been used to raise money for the construction of the now nearly completed new 38 million euro museum building.

"....they came like thieves in the night", said tearful museum staff.

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.

Recent paintings on show in New York.

W and D gallery in NY

Waterhouse and Dodd are exhibiting eight of Michael's recent paintings in their Greene Street Gallery, New York. The exhibition, a mixed show, runs from 19th May until 4th June 2011. For further information, contact Eleanor Cheetham,

Paintings on show in Florida, January 2011

Miami Beach Convention Center

There is an upcoming opportunity in America to see several of the original paintings represented by images on this site. Michael will be showing a number of works with Waterhouse and Dodd at Miami International Art Fair (MIA) at Miami Beach Convention Center, FL 33139, January 14th–17th, 2011, with a private preview evening January 13th.

The fair sets out to host prestigious international dealers featuring contemporary, emerging, conceptual, and modern art including photography, installations, performance, video and painting.

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