Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor is a figurative painter, exploring identity, emotion and narrative through tableaux and interactions which are at once highly theatrical, but also intimate and symbolic. In recent years she has produced several series of large-scale works based on mythological subjects, for example the tale of Tristan and Yseut (A mon seul desire: Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, Sound and Sixth Sense, 2005-6). In Oyster-catcher (illustrated), the identity of the artist’s model becomes the subject of the painting. Surrounded by objects which carry a personal significance, time stands still for her, providing the cat (a reference to Chardin) with its opportunity.

Oyster-catcher    oil on canvass    152 x 152 cm    2005

Oyster-catcher oil on canvass 152 x 152 cm 2005

Anita’s charcoal drawings form part of a continuous strand of pieces which document 20 years of postgraduate development, often using herself as the model. They are not self-portraits in the traditional sense, but use the figure as a vehicle for communicating complex and universal feelings; the viewer becomes complicit in each piece as it mirrors their own mood or preoccupations.

Alongside her practice as an artist, Anita Taylor has worked in art education in numerous roles, including: Director of The Centre for Drawing at the University of the Arts, London; Dean of Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London; and Deputy Head of School, School of Art, Media and Design at the University of Gloucestershire, where she was first awarded a Professorial title. She is currently the Director of the National Art School in Sydney, Australia.

Anita also co-founded and is co-director (with Paul Thomas) of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, a prominent annual award and touring exhibition that showcases current drawing practice in the UK.

EDUCATION

1985-87 MA (RCA) Painting, Royal College of Art, London
1981-84 BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting 1st Class, Gloucestershire College of Art & Technology
1980-81 Foundation in Art & Design, Mid-Cheshire College of FE

FELLOWSHIPS & RESIDENCIES

2004 Artist-in-Residence in Drawing, National Art School, Sydney & NSW National Parks, Australia
1988-89 Cheltenham Fellow in Painting, Gloucestershire College of Art & Technology
1987-88 Artist-in-Residence at Durham Cathedral

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009 A mon seul desir: the tapestry paintings, The Drawing Gallery, West Midlands
2007 A mon seul desir: reveries & other series, Gallery 2, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2004 Seeing Something Else - recent drawings, The Drawing Gallery, London
2004 Residency Drawings, The Ranger’s House, Middle Head, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, Sydney, Australia
1993 Anita Taylor- Paintings, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
1991 Playing the Muse, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry
1989 Anita Taylor - paintings, Berkeley Square Gallery, London
1988 An Artist’s Residency at Durham Cathedral, DLI Museum and Art Gallery, Durham
1988 Drawings, Durham Cathedral
1988 Recent Drawings, Trevelyan College, Durham University

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009 40 Artists-80 Drawings, The Drawing Gallery, West Midlands
2009 The Drawing Room II, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2008-09 Drawing into Painting into Drawing: (Edward Allington, Stephen Farthing, Barry Martin, Robert Mason, Rebecca Salter, Anita Taylor) The Drawing Gallery, West Midlands
2008-09 Past within the Present: George Blacklock & Anita Taylor, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
2008 Drawn Encounters, The Gallery at Wimbledon College of Art, London
2008 Sacred Conversations, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery (Potiphar’s Wife, after Celesti)
2008 Sublime Equine, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia
2007 155th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2007 Looking Forward: Thirty Contemporary British Artists, Agnew’s, London
2007 Series & Sequences, The Drawing Gallery, London
2006-07 Drawing from Turner, Clore Gallery, Tate Britain, London
2006-07 Re: inventING, ING Collection, London & National Maritime Museum, London*
2006 154th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2006 Drawing Inspiration, Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria
2006 The Drawing Room, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2005-06 40 Artists - 40 Drawings, The Drawing Gallery London
2005 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2005 Triennial Open Painting, RWA, Bristol ( invited to exhibit as selector)
2005 Hunting Art Prizes 2005, Royal College of Art, London
2004 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London (invited by collector: Alan Grieve)  *
2004 Naked, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (invited artist)
2003-04 Hunting Art Prizes 2003, Royal College of Art, London & tour
2003 Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2002 150 years of Art Education in Gloucestershire, Pittville Gallery, University of Gloucestershire
2002 The Female Line, Sherborne House, Dorset
2002-03 The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Cheltenham, London; Birmingham; Glasgow, Hull; Salford
2001 Mindscape, Cavanacor Gallery, Co. Donegal, Rep.Ireland
2001-02 The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Cheltenham, London Hull
2001 Winners Collection, Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London
2000 First Prize, Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London
1999 Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham, Brussels, Hull; Berlin (Award)
1999 Drawing award, Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London, and Bath
1998 Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham, Hull, Berlin
1997 30 Years of Fine Art Fellows at Cheltenham, Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery
1997 Histories, Four British Painters (Michael Holland, John Lancaster, Anita Taylor, Paul Thomas) Atria Art Centre, Annecy, France
1997 Furies, Judy Inglis & Anita Taylor; Midland Art Centre, Birmingham; Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
1996-7 Marking Presence, Artsway, Hampshire
1996 Royal Over Seas League, London & Edinburgh
1996 Cathedral Artists-in-Residence; Durham Museum and Art Gallery
1996 Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
1995-6 The Millennium Bestiary (Artists Book, published by UWE), Royal Festival Hall & tour
1995-6 Affinities (John Lancaster, Michael Holland, Anita Taylor, Paul Thomas) Kunstlerhaus, Gottingen, Germany; Islington Arts Factory, London, UK Congress Centre, Annecy, France
1995 Pandora’s Box, Beatrice Royal Art Gallery, Eastleigh
1994 Pictures at an Exhibition, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland & tour
1994 Berkeley Square Gallery, London
1993 Cleveland International Drawing Biennale, Middlesborough Art Gallery & Museum
1993 Durham Cathedral: Artists and Images, DLI Museum, Durham
1993 Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges; RSA, London
1993 Malvern Open Drawing, Malvern (Malvern Award for Drawing)
1993 British Figurative Painting, Milton Gallery, London
1992 Oriel Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
1992/91/89 Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges, Beaumanor Hall, Loughborough
1991 A View of the New, Royal Over Seas League, London
1990/1989 London Group Open; Henry Moore Gallery, RCA, London
1990 Summer Exhibition, Berkeley Square Gallery, London
1990 Leighton House Gallery, London
1989 A Painting Review, Berkeley Square Gallery, London
1989 Cleveland International Drawing Biennale, Middlesborough Gallery and tour
1989 Fine Art Fellows 1988-89, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
1989 British Airways Most Promising Artists Awards, ArtLondon 89
1989 Christie’s New Contemporaries, Henry Moore Gallery, RCA, London
1988 Floor to Ceiling, Pomeroy-Purdy Gallery, London
1987 Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Glance    charcoal on paper    38 x 28 cm    2004

Glance charcoal on paper
38 x 28 cm 2004

COLLECTIONS

Victoria & Albert Museum
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum (V&A Purchase Award)
Royal West of England Academy
The Jerwood Foundation (on loan to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University)
National Art School, Sydney, Australia
University of Gloucestershire
University of Sunderland
Durham Cathedral
Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges
Leeds Education Authority
Private collections in UK, Europe & Australia

AWARDS

2004 Artist-in-Residence in Drawing, National Art School Sydney & NSW National Parks, Australia
2000 Hunting Art Prizes, First Prize
1999 Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Major Award
1999 Hunting Art Prizes - Award for Drawing
1993 Malvern Award for Drawing
1989 British Airways Most Promising Artist Awards
1988 Northern Arts Exhibition Award
1987 John Minton Travel Award

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Jerwood Drawing Prize, catalogues 2004/5/6/7/8, Introduction, editor

Writing on Drawing, Foreword, edited S. Garner/ J.Steers, Intellect Books/NSEAD, 2008

Drawing: The Network, Introduction, published Chelsea Space, UAL, 2007

Garageland, article, Whose story? The struggle of memory against forgetting Facts, fictions, journeys and histories, in storytelling through painting, guest edited by Emma Talbot 2007

Drawing Breath, an exhibition of contemporary drawing marking ten years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, author & editor, 2007, ISBN 0-948327-25-1

A mon seul desir: reveries & other series, monograph with essays by Anita Taylor & Nicholas Usherwood 2007

Drawing, foreword, Discerning Eye Catalogue, Mall Galleries/ING 2006

The Drawing Book
, Sarah Simblet, Dorling Kindersley, All and Nothing (full-page illustration & descriptive text by author), p114-115, 2005, ISBN 1405306300

The Hunting Art Prize 1990-2005, William Packer (illustration of ‘Containing Things’ & text by William Packer) 2004

Drawing, co-author Paul Thomas, Foundation Course Series, Cassell Illustrated, published UK, September, 2003, ISBN 1844030849; Cassell Academic, USA, September 2003;

Apprendre le Dessin, co-author Paul Thomas, Octopus/Hachette Livre/Octopus Publishing Group Ltd France, November 2003, ISBN 201260217-7

The Jerwood Drawing Prize/Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, catalogues 1996-2003, editor

The Millennium Bestiary, illustrated page and text (Peau d’Ane), artist’s book, UWE, 1995, ISBN 1860430236

Durham Cathedral Artists & Images, Patricia R. Andrew, published Arts, Libraries and Museums Department, Durham County Council, 1993, ISBN 0952083604