Michael Taylor – Artists Talk
4.30 pm Monday 25th November 2019
Michael works quietly and carefully on one painting at a time, spending about three months over each composition.
On graduating from Goldsmiths School of Art in 1973, he determined to devote his time to working at a single canvas, while funding himself by working evenings at a pub in Greenwich. When the picture was completed, and after a period of reflection, he created another. These were subsequently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Encouraged by the response, and selling both pictures, he decided to give up the pub job. He has continued to produce his extraordinary paintings, more or less without a break, until the present.
Michael is a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Five of his works are in the National Portrait Gallery; portraits of the musician Julian Bream, the composer Sir John Tavener, the writer P D James, Baroness James of Holland Park and a self portrait. He has received many awards for his paintings.
His chosen way of working inevitably leads to a certain complexity of content that only reveals itself with time and familiarity.
This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.