Alasdair Grant Taylor (1934 – 2007) was a Scottish
Alasdair Taylor ws born in
Rossshireand trained as an artist at the Glasgow School of Art, subsequently living in Denmarkand Glasgow. In 1967 he moved to Portencross, Ayrshire, where he lived reclusively with his wife Annelise and their daughters Anna and Jean. [http://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/na/Arts&Culture.nsf/0c624c0bb4c5be1b80256d98004a443d/cb85e7369ac5069080256ee0003f0860/$FILE/LOOP%2019%20-%20for%20web.pdf The Loop] , North Ayrshire's Cultural Magazine, #19, Summer 2007] In March 2005 he suffered a stroke and had to leave his home. [http://www.ardrossanherald.com/article.php?sec=1&id=10689 Artist suffers stroke] , "Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald", February 23, 2006] He died in 2007.
Taylor's formative influences included the COBRA group in
Denmark, especially Asger Jorn, whom his wife knew.
In most of his
oil paintings before the mid-1960s, the paint is thickly applied. After this time, he used oil more thinly. There are extremes of colour from bright to sombre.
His nude drawings and paintings of nudes are mostly of his wife. His collages used
photographsand newspaper cuttings combined with brush strokes, influenced by Dadaismand early Cubism. He made abstract oil paintings with brush, palette knife, spray canand other techniques: some of these are intended to be hung in groups and named after the seasons.
Sculptures were created from
driftwoodwhich Taylor collected from the beachnear Portencross, then carved and partly painted or varnished. He made use of stones similarly.
He filled notebooks with ideas mingled with sketches in pen or
watercolourand did ink drawings on the blank pages of art books he had been given.
Scottish Arts Councilhas given a grant to Street Level Photoworks to catalogue and digitise Taylor's work.
Taylor's work is the subject of an ongoing promotion by his friends
Alasdair Grayand James Kelmanto raise it out of obscurity that they argue is undeserved. [ [http://alasdairgray.blogspot.com/2006/07/alasdair-taylor-painter-travelling.html Alasdair Taylor, Painter: Travelling Exhibition 2007-2009] , Alasdair Gray, weblog, July 6, 2006] Taylor also featured in "Portrait of a painter", "the story of an artist ... who persists in his painting though he remains unrecognized and unrewarded", ["World Authors 1980-1985", Vineta Colby, H. W. Wilson, 1991, ISBN 0824207971 [http://www.google.co.uk/books?q=%22Lean+Tales%22+%22Alasdair+Taylor%22&btnG=Search+Books Google Books] ] in Gray's 1985 short story anthology " Lean Tales", co-written with James Kelman and Agnes Owens. He was also among those whose profile as visual artists Gray attempted to raise in his collaborative "5 Scottish Artists" exhibition in 1986. ["The Arts of Alasdair Gray", Robert Crawford, Thom Nairn, Edinburgh University Press, 1991, ISBN 0748602941 [http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&docId=49035355 Questia] ]
*"5 Scottish Artists' Retrospective Show" -
McLellan Art Galleries, Glasgow, and Talbot Rice Art Centre, Edinburgh, 1986
*"Alasdair Taylor, a Retrospective" -
Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, 2007
* [http://alasdairgray.blogspot.com/2006/07/alasdair-taylor-painter-travelling.html Alasdair Gray's blog]
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