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

New work at Waterhouse and Dodd 2010


After a three and a half year period of quiet and reflective work in my Dorset studio I will be holding a one man show of new paintings at Waterhouse and Dodd in Cork Street, London which will open on November 24th 2010.

The new works are a mixture of figure paintings and still lifes, and will be reproduced on this site as soon as the exhibition catalogue is available. They will also be displayed on the Waterhouse and Dodd gallery website.

Forthcoming London Exhibition

Waterhouse and Dodd

In November 2010 I will be showing new work in a one man show at Waterhouse and Dodd, 26 Cork Street, London. Expected to run from the last week in November 2010 until Christmas, it will be the first opportunity to see paintings that have been created in my Dorset studio over the last couple of years. Images will be posted on this site in due course when the exhibition details have been finalized, or will be available from Waterhouse and Dodd.

'Working Artists, Dorset'

Young Woman with Crossed HandsMichael will be showing a recent work, 'Seated girl with crossed hands' for the first time at Poole Arts Centre's mixed exhibition Working Artists, Dorset to run from 25th July - 18th September 2009.

Work in progress

Waterhouse and Dodd

2007 was spent catching up with portrait commissions. However, I am now settled back into the studio for a couple of years to work on more paintings, letting one picture lead naturally on to another. I look forward to exhibiting these paintings in due course.

Also, my thanks to Phil Rees for taking such pains and care to create, and maintain the new website.

Scheringa Museum acquisitions

Model Steam Engine

The Scheringa Museum has acquired Portrait with Grave Goods and Model Steam Engine (Self Portrait) for their permanent collection. These will join Grl rsting on swvl chr which they had previously purchased from Michael’s exhibition at Waterhouse and Dodd in 2006.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition

Michael's portrait of Paul Beckett, amateur heavyweight boxer, committed Manx lawyer, qualified masseur and tattooed man with an appetite for human rights issues was exhibited at this year's Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries 24th April-11th May 2008.

Geffrye Museum Exhibition

Michael's portrait of P D James is on loan to an exhibition of British paintings and drawings of English , middle class, urban domestic spaces 1914-2006 at the Geffrye Museum.

The portrait, which is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, was painted in 1997 in the author's Holland park home. The exhibition which is the third part of a major survey of the genre runs from 16th October 2007 until 4th February 2008

House of Lords portrait of Lord Falconer

Lord FalconerIn 2006, Michael was commissioned by the UK Houses of Parliament to paint the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, for the House of Lords collection. The reform of the role in 2006 has meant that in effect the painting marks the last in a line of such portraits stretching back to the Norman Conquest. The portrait was unveiled at the house of Lords on July 9th 2007.

London Exhibition (2006)

Waterhouse and Dodd

One man show at Waterhouse and Dodd, 26 Cork Street London, 22nd November-22nd December, 2006.

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