Alasdair Taylor

Alasdair Grant Taylor (1934 – 2007) was a Scottish artist and sculptor.

Life

Alasdair Taylor ws born in Rossshire and trained as an artist at the Glasgow School of Art, subsequently living in Denmark and 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.

Work

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 photographs and newspaper cuttings combined with brush strokes, influenced by Dadaism and early Cubism. He made abstract oil paintings with brush, palette knife, spray can and other techniques: some of these are intended to be hung in groups and named after the seasons.

Sculptures were created from driftwood which Taylor collected from the beach near 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 watercolour and did ink drawings on the blank pages of art books he had been given.

The Scottish Arts Council has given a grant to Street Level Photoworks to catalogue and digitise Taylor's work.

Alasdair Gray

Taylor's work is the subject of an ongoing promotion by his friends Alasdair Gray and James Kelman to 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] ]

Exhibitions

*"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

References

External links

* [http://alasdairgray.blogspot.com/2006/07/alasdair-taylor-painter-travelling.html Alasdair Gray's blog]


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