N e i l T a y l o r
Having spent all my childhood years in the bush or beside the ocean, I have always been accustomed to the idea that raw, unspoilt nature is my most truthful source. I find that the further into the wilderness I go, and the more transient the light and motion effects I examine, the less I rely on the clichés of what I think I see and the more I have to invent new parallels in paint. Strangely, the most distant metaphors seem to have the closest resonance.
Neil Taylor studied painting in his native Brisbane in the early 1970s with William Robinson. After a short period of teaching, he moved to the Sydney area and began to paint and exhibit full-time. Taylor spent almost thirty years based around the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney painting the local wilderness areas. He currently lives west of Sydney and travels extensively both in Australia and overseas researching new subjects. He has been particularly well-known for his use of photo-techniques in the studio but is currently increasingly focussed on painting en plein air.
Among the recent first prizes he has won are the 2009 Mortimore Prize, the 2009 Kenilworth Art Prize, the 2011 Mt Eyre Art Prize and the 2011 Gosford Art Prize. He has been finalist on ten occasions in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and a regular finalist in many other art prizes, notably the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, the Stanthorpe Art Prize, the Tattersalls Art Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Waterhouse Art Prize, the Calleen Art Awardsand the Muswellbrook Open Art Prize.
Taylor has held over 50 solo exhibitions in Australia, Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom. His work is represented in major public, corporate and private collections nationally and internationally, including Woollongong City Art Gallery; Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland; New South Wales State Parliament; Newcastle University; the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, Queensland; De Beers, London; Banque Nationale de Paris and the European Banking Corporation.
Elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2007, Neil Taylor has been AWI Vice President since 2009.