For as long as he can remember, Colin Taylor MAFA has had a fascination with art and the possibilities it offers. Having graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Fine Art and Drama, he worked for a short time as an Artist in Residence for Nottinghamshire schools and also as a part time lecturer in art history.
In 1987 Taylor re-located to Manchester an...d set up an outdoor leisure company that still operates today. Taylor has thirty years’ experience climbing and working in mountains in Europe, South America and Asia. Undeniably, this experience has ingrained in him inspiration and love of the landscape that is present in his work.
Colin has come to believe that it is possible to paint ‘about’ a place but impossible to actually paint what you see in a moment. When time, light, mass and space are ever changing, is it possible to transfer the experience of a 20,000 ft mountain to a canvas? His drawings and paintings are executed rapidly relying on instinct and Colin’s own experience of the subject. The narrative is still there, except that the landscape itself, has moved centre stage.
Much of the work presented here concentrates on his paintings of Manchester which he has created in the same way as any of his landscape paintings. i.e. they are about experiencing the environment in which he finds himself.
Colin has had a number of successful exhibitions and residencies. In 2008/09 Taylor undertook 'A Short Walk in the Big Landscape’, an Arts Council funded series of nine solo exhibitions re-visiting Thomas West’s eighteenth century viewing stations around the Lake District. In 2010, Taylor was invited to undertake a year-long residency at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral which led to an exhibition of 30+ drawings that later transferred to Cologne, Germany. Beginning in 2014 Colin was commissioned to produce a series of twelve paintings for Simpson Haugh, the Manchester based international architectural practice, related to what was then their latest project: No 1 Spinningfields, just off Deansgate.