The Old Oak
Martin Taylor (b. 1954)
Oil on Canvas
Size (inches): 24 (h) x 24 (w) inches
Size (cm): 61 (h) x 61 (w) cm
Martin Taylor was born in 1954 and is
based in Northamptonshire. He studied at the Ealing School of Art, Wimbledon
School of Art and Goldsmith’s College.
Martin’s work reflects his love of
nature, played out in exquisitely detailed studies of the countryside
surrounding his studio, a converted stable on a farm. Every season brings fresh
inspiration, and to achieve the precision and focus so characteristic of his work
Martin paints ‘en plein air’, returning to the same position for weeks at a
time even in deepest winter. The combination of intricate detail and careful
composition in his work celebrates nature on every scale, from the twigs on the
forest floor to the clouds skimming the vast skies. Having previously worked
with watercolours and drawings Martin is now working in oils in the studio, in
pursuit of an even greater freedom of expression and intensity of colour.
Taylor has won two RWS (Royal
Watercolour Society) awards: the Chris Beetles award (1988) and the Jeffrey
Archer award in (1989), and subsequently exhibited at the Chris Beetles Gallery
for a number of years.