Stephen Taylor studied Fine Art at Leeds University with T.J. Clark and
was taught observational painting by Paul Gopal Choudhury. He then
studied perception and technique in John Constable as a post
graduate at Essex University and visiting student at Yale.
After two years as Artist in residence at Felsted School,
through the 80's Stephen turned from theory to practice. He taught
art history part time and became Head of Painting at The Open
College of The Arts. At the same time he developed his art through
a wide range of commissions.
During the 90's he rethought his career and focussed on
landscape. Between 1999 and 2007 he worked exclusively in a single
field in North Essex, producing two shows, at King's College,
Cambridge 2002 and Vertigo, Shoreditch, London, 2006.
An altarpiece, The Hospitality of Abraham,
for The Church of The Most Holy Trinity, Reading, 2004, is an
exception to this landscape work, though it sets redemptive figures
within the created world.
Painting water in
a small valley in Wales. Also developing a method of mapping colour
textures from digital HDR images to help parse complex natural
For more background see
Oak: one tree, three years, fifty
paintings, Stephen Taylor, Princeton Architectural
Press 2011. There is an account of the artist and the oak project
by Alain de Botton in chapter six of his The Pleasures and Sorrows of
Work, Penguin 2009.
with Martin Newman for the Huffington