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

Michael is a member of Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

For enquiries about available works for sale, please contact Jamie (Jamie.Anderson@waterhousedodd.com) at Waterhouse and Dodd, 16 Savile Row, London W1S 3PL .

Exhibition now open at Waterhouse & Dodd, London.

Spirit Iron

My exhibition at Waterhouse and Dodd's Savile Row gallery is now open. Despite the prevailing difficulties, gallery director Jamie Anderson will be in attendance at all times and welcomes visitors to view the works by appointment.

Forthcoming London exhibition

Still Life with Cello

Waterhouse & Dodd will be holding an exhibition of my recent work at their Savile Row space from 20th October - 13th November 2020. In light of the current Covid-19 situation this will be primarily an on-line exhibition, but for those who are willing to risk it, the actual paintings will be available for viewing at 16 Savile Row, London W1S 3PL by appointment.

New still life at London Art Fair.

Copper Basket with Fruit

Waterhouse and Dodd will be showing a new still life, Copper Basket with Fruit at the London Art Fair, Islington. They will be exhibiting works by Frank Auerbach, Henry Moore and Ben Johnson, alongside represented contemporary artists Martyn Brewster, and Clive Head.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, Miami. 9th -12th Jan 2020.

Attic Scene with Grave Goods

Waterhouse and Dodd will be taking three of my works to the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, Miami. Also works by Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Norman Bluhm, Georges Braque, Salvador Dali and others

Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition 2019

Portrait of the Photographer with Seated Girl

This year I shall be exhibiting Portrait of the Photographer with Seated Girl at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

Portrait photographer Alistair Morrison approached me last year with a proposal to collaborate on a Sit for me sitting for you project to be entitled Portrait of the Artist through the Artist's eyes.

London Art Fair 2019

Still life with orchid

Waterhouse and Dodd will be showing Still Life with Orchid for the first time at the 2019 London Art Fair.

Figure with Box wins Smallwood Architects Prize

Figure with box

Figure with Box is currently on display at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, where it was awarded the Smallwood Architects Prize for 'contextual portraiture'.

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.

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.....

Except where shown, copyright to the images on this website remains with The Artist (M R Taylor).
The reproduction, transmission, performance, display, rental, lending or storage of the images in any form or in any retrieval system is prohibited without the written consent of the copyright holders.

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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