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Malcom Taylor “from studio to gallery” I visited Malcolm Taylor in his studio some months ago. Having seen his work many times before on social media it was a pleasure to get up close and discover the way he approaches his work by way of reading his brush work. The paintings I had seen were ‘almost formal abstractions’ although earlier in his painting life he was essentially a figurative landscape painter. He mentioned to me how the St Ives in Cornwall had inspired him, no doubt assisted by his knowledge of the history of art from St Ives School (i.e. James Whistler, Walter Sickert, Motimer Mempes,Thomas Millie Dow, Edward Simmons and Howard Russel ). What Malcolm may not have known is that Sweden’s most renown artist (Anders Zorn) also painted in St Ives, which had become a veritable magnet for ong>paintersong> and sculptors alike (i.e Barbara Hepworth). ref:PMT20 Malcolm is a prolific painter, and most of his work is on the small side, but beautifully presented. However, his natural talent for ‘drawing’ is less known. Whilst in the studio he shown me a very large number of sketch books full of drawings that were quite beautifully created in charcoal, pencil and the odd one pen and ink, so many in fact that I simply did not have time to see them all, as each one was a page stopper. Malcolm Taylor is a very active artist and a supporter of other artist fellows by way of his close involvement with the Manchester Fine Art Academy, which at the time of writing is the Vice-President. I do hope to be able to visit his studio again, and really spend time thumbing through the pages of those wonderful sketchbooks. In the meantime here what he has to say about his paintings and his methodology: ‘Many of my paintings are derived from an ongoing exploration of the landscape but, with my purely abstract paintings, I do not have a fixed image in mind when I start, preferring to let the imagery develop and evolve through the process of painting. I have never restricted myself to working in one particular medium and continually find myself switching between acrylics, traditional oils and both soft and oil pastels depending on what I am trying to achieve. Brushes, sticks, fingers and thumbs are used to scrape, score and scratch marks onto the surface. I continually redraw, rearrange and obliterate passages in a desire to achieve a balance of colour and form. The end result is what is important and I may use collage, mixed media, dripping, scraping, drawing with sticks – anything to achieve a spontaneous and lively painting that is harmonious in composition, tone and colour.. “ ref:PMT21 all images ©Malcolm Taylor Photograph by Denis Taylor ©Tubes ong>magazineong> 2018 Summary by Denis Taylor ©ong>paintersong> Tubes ong>magazineong>s
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