1942, Kingsbury, Middlesex, England.
Willesden County High School, London
Hornchurch Grammar School, Essex
Colchester School of Art, Essex
Stourbridge College of Art, Worcestershire
University of Sussex, West Sussex
A Member of Colchester Art Society
At the age of 12, Alan Taylor moved with his parents to a small village on the edge of the Essex Marshes. It was here that an initial interest in painting began. In ‘63, he moved to North East Essex and began the first of several years full time study. Whilst still a student at Colchester and, later, Stourbridge, and living in Wivenhoe, Essex, he became a member of the Wivenhoe Artists Group, exhibiting extensively in London, Colchester and East Anglia. In 1973 he returned to full-time studies and gained a Post Graduate Art Teachers Certificate from the University of Sussex. His first full-time Art Teaching post was in Essex at a Comprehensive School where he taught for three years. He then moved to Devon, opting for part-time art teaching and part-time painting alongside his partner Jo’s graphic design agency. The painting and teaching continued in and around the Exeter area for 10 years until they moved to France in 1988. The painting continued in France with commissions, exhibitions, submissions to open competitions and personal research. An invitation to hold a solo show at the University of Caen in 2006 was followed by contributions to several Group shows in the Calvados area. In August 2010, he held a solo exhibition at the Chateau de Balleroy and has since participated in group shows in Domjean and Torigni, both in Manche, Basse Normandie.
Married to Jo Taylor, a web & graphic designer and illustrator, Alan Taylor has a daughter, Sophia, from an earlier marriage, and two granddaughters, Sacha and Lois. Sophia and the girls live in London where Sophia works for a Merchant Bank. Jo and Alan live in an 18th Century farmhouse near Bayeux, Calvados, France with a scruffy old dog and a lot of unfinished jobs.
Bayeux, June 2017.