Michael Taylor RP
I work in oils on one painting at a time, almost entirely from life. If possible I try to let one picture lead naturally onto the next, with the exception of the occasional commissioned portrait which are treated individually. This has been going on more or less without a break since I left Goldsmiths College in 1974, and I intend, if possible, to continue as long as it takes.
I develop a composition from small fragments via a large number of diagramatic doodles over a number of weeks, until the image no longer changes from drawing to drawing. I then work from life directly onto canvas with oil paint. It usually takes between two and four months for a painting to be ready to leave, and during this period I do not attempt to work on anything else. I do not like to work from photographs, although when time with a model is restricted I will take stereoscopic transparencies which I find considerably more informative about form, texture and lighting matters
1952 Born Worthing, Sussex.
1969–70 Worthing College of Art.
1970–73 Goldsmiths School of Art, BA Hons.
2001 Elected member of Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
2005 Royal West of England Academy Lark Trust Award.
2003 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Changing Faces Prize.
2002 Holburne Contemporary Portrait Prize.
1983 National Portrait Gallery Portrait Award.
2006 Art London Art Fair, Chelsea, London.
2001 onwards Exhibited Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, Mall Galleries.
1992-97 Art Fairs, Business Design Centre, Islington.
1991 Mixed Summer Exhibition, Beaux Arts, Bath.