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

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About the Gallery

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The Padstow Studio is an artist-run space, opened in 2006 by the landscape painter Sarah Adams, whose studio occupies the second floor of the building. The gallery below exhibits Sarah’s own work and that of a circle of friends, artists who she has studied with, shown with or shared studio space with over the years.

The gallery exhibits a constantly changing selection of contemporary paintings, drawings, ceramics and works in bronze, and aims to give visitors the opportunity to engage with and follow the development of individuals who interest them.

Not everyone the gallery shows is based in Cornwall, and most of the group are also represented by well-established galleries elsewhere. For further information about individual artists, please click on their names, and follow the links to their own websites.

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Small and medium size works can generally be carried away at time of purchase. We are also happy to pack and send small pieces by Royal Mail Special Delivery at no extra charge.

Large and medium works can be delivered a specialist art carrier. We cover the cost of most deliveries within the UK mainland if the purchase price is over £1,000 (excluding some parts of Scotland).

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James Campbell

James Campbell, 'Wind at sunset', jug

James Campbell, ‘Wind at sunset’, jug


James Campbell graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1964. His ceramic pieces have been widely exhibited, and he is represented in major public collections in the UK, Australia and Japan. ‘A pot decorated with a drawing is something of a paradox. They have different terms of reference and are in different languages, and bringing them together in a way that works is an exciting challenge. I try to make the form strong enough in its own right to hold the drawing, to be muscular and even dynamic. too much movement, however, would make it an incompatible partner, so there is a balance to be struck. The drawing must not overwhelm the shape, but at the same time it must have a content of its own and be more than decoration.’

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Mark Cazalet

'Christmas Woods', chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm

‘Christmas Woods’, chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm


Mark Cazalet is based in London and Suffolk, and works in a wide range of media from painting, drawing and printmaking, to large-scale architectural and ecclesiastical projects in stained glass and other materials. He has also produced images for several limited edition books. His paintings often reflect his experience of the city in which he lives, from the parks, cemeteries and playing fields to the canals, gas installations and flyovers of West London. His pictures are evocative and personal responses to an urban landscape that becomes almost pastoral; a promised land of quiet havens and open spaces. In contrast, towering concrete and metal structures are rendered with a dynamic, cathedral-like elegance.

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Kit Surrey

Kit Surrey, 'Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David's Head, North Pembrokeshire', charcoal and pencil

Kit Surrey, ‘Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David’s Head, North Pembrokeshire’, charcoal and pencil


Kit Surrey is an artist and freelance theatre designer, who has worked with many major theatre companies, including the RSC, Sheffield Crucible and Bristol Old Vic. His fine art practice explores significant landscapes through drawing, particularly in places he loves to walk or climb. He has been among the prize winners at the Society of Fine and Graphic Arts a number of times.

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Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, 'Apollo and Daphne V', pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm

Paul Thomas, ‘Apollo and Daphne V’, pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm


Paul Thomas currently divides his time between Australia and Europe, exhibiting and lecturing. The work he has been making reflects this cultural diversity in drawings and paintings that explore shared mythologies and narratives. Having recently finished a series of drawings that dealt with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, he is now working with the diverse flora and fauna of Australia. He has also published several artist’s books.
paulthomaspaintings.co.uk

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Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas, 'Children playing around the tree', oil on board, 120 x 120 cm

Chris Thomas, ‘Children playing around the tree’, oil on board, 120 x 120 cm


Chris Thomas was one of only six finalists shortlisted for this year’s Columbia Threadneedle Prize, the most important national award for representational painting. He is a true painter’s painter, hugely respected by his peers. His home on the North Cornwall coast has dominated his work over the past 40 years, making paintings of his family, corners of the garden, surrounding fields, cliffs and the sea in all weathers and seasons, using a rigorous observational process.
christhomas.info

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Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor, 'Breeze', charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm

Anita Taylor, ‘Breeze’, charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm


Anita Taylor is an artist, educator and exhibition organiser, currently Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and Director of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize.  Her work is figurative, and explores identity, emotion and narrative through tableaux and interactions which are at once highly theatrical, but also intimate and symbolic.  The recipient of many awards and prizes for painting and drawing, she has taken on increasingly demanding academic roles while still actively pursuing her own studio work.
drawingprojects.co.uk

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Alison Pullen

Alison Pullen, 'The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place', collage

Alison Pullen, ‘The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place’, collage


Alison Pullen studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Alison is particularly known for her collaged interiors, from contemporary domestic settings to public spaces and stately homes, and she completed a one year residency at Osterley Park House, which remains a favorite subject. 
alisonpullen.com

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Michael Porter

Michael Porter, 'Beside the Path 01-07-14', acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm

Michael Porter, ‘Beside the Path 01-07-14’, acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm


Michael Porter is a landscape painter whose work concentrates primarily on fragments of earth beneath our feet. They often incorporate many layers of paint giving the impression of looking through and into undergrowth, highlighting various aspects of nature that are so often overlooked, the odd feather, a collection of stones or fallen leaves. There is a sense of discovery in the work, objects reveal themselves slowly as one scans the surface and gradually becomes aware of the literally painted objects concealed under layers of paint.
michael-porter.co.uk

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Philip Naylor

Phil Naylor, 'Stratamatic', etching, 56 x 76 cm

Phil Naylor, ‘Stratamatic’, etching, 56 x 76 cm


Philip Naylor is Senior Lecturer at University College Falmouth, Program Leader Foundation and Award Leader BA Drawing. He studied under Tim Mara as a postgraduate at Chelsea School of Art, and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. He makes drawings and etchings about landscape, and is particularly drawn to edgelands, reconstructing the landscape with contour lines, geological references and artifacts. ‘I look for sparse areas with ambiguities of scale, places that raise questions about spatial perception and our relationship with open spaces, reclaimed and re-lost marginal land where struggles with nature take place, rocky and reluctant landscapes, eroded areas showing their underlying histories.’

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Anne Howeson
Anne Howeson, 'Different Journeys', crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson, ‘Different Journeys’, crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson studied at St Martins School of Art and the RCA, and currently lectures at the RCA. Based in London, the main focus of her work is urban, weaving historical records and images and her own experience of the city into atmospheric drawings that bring past and present together. Anne is a Jerwood Drawing Prize winner, and has exhibited widely.
annehoweson.com

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Lynn Golden

Lynn Golden, 'St Just Churchyard', pastel

Lynn Golden, ‘St Just Churchyard’, pastel


Lynn Golden trained at St Albans School of Art before moving to Cornwall in 1976, where the effects of light and weather on coastal landscape became the focus for her work. Particularly known for working in pastel, she makes many of her pieces on site. Still life pieces, and larger acrylic paintings are produced in the studio. More recently, Lynn has experimented with metal leaf, egg tempera and other media on board, extending her exploration of light, form and composition.
lynngolden.co.uk

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Mo Farquharson

Mo Farquharson, 'Street 4', bronze

Mo Farquharson, ‘Street 4’, bronze


Mo Farquharson is well known for her sculptures of people, animals and birds. Beautifully observed, they have a warmth that communicates the character of her subjects in an engaging and often playful way. Context is central to her work, particularly in the figurative series where, centered around a park bench or bus stop, the attitude and preoccupation of each individual is explored. The same sympathy and attention to detail is applied to Mo’s wildlife pieces, rendered in a style that is natural and spontaneous, but always carefully considered. She generally casts her work in bronze, in small editions (of generally no more than 7 pieces) using the lost wax process.
mofarquharson.com 

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Rosalind Eastman

'Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs', watercolour

‘Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs’, watercolour


Rosalind Eastman studied Fine Art at Reading University, and was awarded a David Murray Landscape Painting Scholarship from the Royal Academy in 1969. She met her husband, the painter Chris Thomas, when they were students at Reading, and they moved to North Cornwall a couple of years later.  Her paintings document the coastal landscape around her home, an environment she has come to know over the past 45 years.

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Rachel Budd

Rachel Budd, 'Filtered Light 2', oil on canvas, 92 x 100 cm

Rachel Budd, ‘Filtered Light 2’, oil on canvas, 92 x 100 cm


Rachel Budd graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1986, and has won a number of awards, including the Henry Moore Prize at the London Group Show and the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Fund.  She generally works in oil on canvas. ‘My work can be seen as a diary, depicting little snippets of colour and detail which come to rest in my head. Often I am unaware of their presence until I paint. Since moving to Cornwall a year ago, my focus (both detailed and broad) is daily renewed by my surroundings. I am inspired by windy skies, ever changing light on ever changing ochre and green hills, and where the sea meets the sky.’

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Kim Bentley

'Snap Happy on Constantine', embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm

‘Snap Happy on Constantine’, embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm


Kim Bentley co-founded the design partnership Bentley & Spens, with Sally Spens, shortly after they graduated from Goldsmiths College. Their work is represented in the V & A Museum, and they have created fabrics for many other fashion and interiors collections, including Paul Smith and Liberty. Kim’s textile pieces are now inspired by people-watching on the beach, and combine embroidery and fabric paint on a silk taffeta base. Kim is based in Padstow, and often sits in the gallery, stitching away behind the desk.

kimbentley.me

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Sue Beattie

'Fien, 96 years old', bronze, 10 cm

‘Fien, 96 years old’, bronze, 10 cm


Sue Beattie is based in Assen, in Holland. Working directly from the figure, her pieces are beautifully observed and sensitive studies, initially worked in wax then cast in bronze by a lost wax process. Sue often works within a group of sculptors, regularly sharing a model and studio space. This has been a very productive working atmosphere for her, and has led to an increasingly complex and ambitious use of the figure in her work.

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