My paintings are mainly the material manifestations that result from impressions of places, events or moments that simply affected me, caused me to stop and think or just happened to be interesting. The smaller, more recent paintings, are the result of a request for such objects for an online shop. These are mainly decorative pieces and are priced accordingly. The larger pieces are mostly commissions or exhibition and competition works.
I am not too concerned with making accurate pictorial records but if a particular place, building, event, object, etc. sets me thinking I do like to investigate further. Having found a subject of interest, I like to explore it in visual terms, especially those of colour, composition and perspective. I find the aesthetic far more challenging than the reality.
Nowadays, most of the paintings are acrylic on cotton canvas although I have painted on composite and wooden panels as well as sheet steel (car panels) in the past. Whilst I admire the painterly qualities of traditional oil paintings - particularly the Newlyn School (and now The Glasgow Boys) - I have no desire to emulate them. I work in thin glazes, layering several coats of different colours to create the desired hue and leave little in the way of texture.
The first painting I ever exhibited, a view towards the distant cranes over the Vange marshes (house and Airfix kit paints on hardboard, 36" x 24", unsold) won a half - crown prize in a local competition, I was about fourteen at the time. Since then, my work has been exhibited in London and New York as well as East Anglia, the Midlands and the South West in GB and lately in France. Many of the paintings on this site are now in private collections in Europe, the USA and Australia.
I work mainly towards open exhibitions and competitions but welcome commissions.
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Alan Taylor, Calvados, 2010