Anthony Taylor was born in 1951. His parents
are from the small mill town of Great Harwood in Lancashire,
where he lived for twenty years.
Recognised at an early age for having talent
in art – he can remember making copies of Picasso and da Vinci
paintings whilst still at junior school – he went on to attend
the then foundation course at Accrington College of Further
Two notable lecturers at the college were
to shape the direction that his art would take. Robin Bownass,
whose work combines fervent expressionism with an often surreal
twist, and the then embryonic and charismatic John Virtue, fresh
from the Slade and the ideas of Frank Auerbach.
From Accrington Anthony went on to study
Fine Art at Liverpool Polytechnic under the guidance of Mike
Knowles and Peter Crabtree, both fine painters of landscape
and the figure.
His first one man show was held at the Haworth
Art Gallery in Accrington in 1973 and received high praise from
the art critic Robert Armstrong working for the Manchester Guardian
at that time.
His early work was influenced by the figurative
movement harking back to the expressionist lineage of Van Gogh
/Soutine/ Bomberg/ Kossoff, but he has always followed his own
vision, sometimes bleak, sometimes humorous but always heartfelt.
Further one man shows followed in Liverpool,
Leeds and at various galleries throughout the North West. Although
finding little commercial success at this time his work was
acknowledged frequently in the Guardian Newspaper.
Of his work Anthony says:
have always stuck to my guns continuing to develop his own
vision but always mindful of not allowing my style to become
fixed (this could be a lesson taken from Picasso, an artist
much admired by me).
to work in oils and on a large scale but also produce lots
of small scale studies to help with the work. When a theme
takes hold I set about painting lots of variations in my exploration
of the subject and will often revisit paintings thought to
be finished months earlier.
themes from my output are mainly figurative and always impelled
by my own personal experience”.
He taught art at local Secondary schools
for thirty years and is now retired from teaching. He continues
to work from his studio in Accrington where his undiminished
passion for painting continues to flourish.
Anthony Taylor’s portfolio can be seen on
his website at:
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