Bank of Cloud, 1970
Michael Taylor (born 1933)
oil on board
20.5 x 25.5cm
signed and titled verso
0419 540 162
Michael Taylor is considered one of Australia’s most important expressionist painters. A master of paint, his control of the medium and his fastidious layering convey a sense of effortlessness, belying the skill involved. His paintings draw on his infinitely textured experience of nature – its moods and sensations.
Michael Taylor was born in Sydney and studied at the National Art School (then East Sydney Technical College). He has exhibited regularly since 1963. Historically significant exhibitions have included Biennale des Jeunes, Paris (1963); Contemporary Australian Painting, Los Angeles (1966); Australian Art Today, touring South-East Asia (1969) and Ten Australians, touring Europe (1974–75). In 1971 he relocated to the Monaro region south of Canberra. In 2016 the Canberra Museum and Gallery presented Taylor’s first complete survey, Michael Taylor: 1963–2016.
The National Gallery of Australia holds the most extensive collection of Taylor’s works, numbering 115 paintings, collages and drawings. He is also included in the collections of High Court of Australia, Parliament House Art Collection, Artbank, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia and Art Gallery of South Australia.