MICHAEL TAYLOR
22 FEBRUARY – 18 MARCH 2017

Michael Taylor, artist, exhibition, gallery 9
Michael Taylor, artist, exhibition, gallery 9

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Along the waterfronts 2016
oil on canvas
96 × 122 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Daybreak 2016
oil on canvas
96 × 122 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Dissolving Moon 2015
oil on canvas
120 × 160 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Gang–Gang Creek 2015
oil on canvas
122 × 96 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Sea and Swimmer 2016
oil on canvas
101 × 152 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Through the Night 2016
oil on canvas
122 × 96 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Kybeyan 2015
oil on canvas
90 × 169 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Launching Ramp 2015
oil on canvas
120 × 160 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Side of the Hill 2016
oil on canvas
96 × 122 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Towards Kybeyan 2016
oil on canvas
101 × 122 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
La Jetée 2016
oil on canvas
90 × 169 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
On the Wharf 2015
oil on canvas

122 × 96 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Southern Estuary 2015
oil on canvas
120 × 160 cm

MICHAEL TAYLOR
Yellow Nude 2015
oil on canvas
96 × 122 cm

Michael Taylor, artist, exhibition, gallery 9

Michael Taylor has observed the changing colours and atmospheric conditions of NSW’s Monaro district and southern coastline for over forty years. Dominated by a range of blues and purples from light to dark, this exhibition records night, sea, sky and rain. His paintings draw on his infinitely textured experience of nature – its moods and elemental sensations. Their expressive sweep of energy also charts his movement within the landscape, either on foot or by car. Time, space, water and light are exhilaratingly conflated into vivid, shifting concentrations of paint and colour.

This exhibition comes after Taylor’s first complete survey, Michael Taylor: 1963–2016, was presented at the Canberra Museum and Gallery in 2016. Taylor has exhibited regularly since 1963 after completing his diploma at the National Art School (then East Sydney Technical College). In 1971 he relocated to the Monaro region south of Canberra and today divides his time between his property in Cooma and the far south coast.

The National Gallery of Australia holds the most extensive collection of Taylor’s works, numbering 115 paintings, collages and drawings. He is also included in the collections of BHP, Joye Art Foundation, High Court of Australia, Parliament House Art Collection, Artbank, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Taylor has participated in important international and Australian exhibitions including the Biennale des Jeunes, Paris (1963); Contemporary Australian Painting, Los Angeles (1966); Australian Art Today, touring South-East Asia (1969); Ten Australians, touring Europe (1974–75); Landscape and Abstraction, Nolan Gallery (1986); I had a dream, NGV (1996); and more recently, Moist, NGA (2005); and Fireworks, touring QLD, NSW and VIC regional galleries (2005).