Bill Taylor


Bill Taylor was born in Banff, Scotland and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating in Drawing and Painting. A year of post-graduate study led to a further award (Highly Commended).


He has held various senior posts in education, was a part-time Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee and Assessor in Art & Design for the Scottish Qualifications Authority. For a number of years, Bill Taylor served on the Board of Directors, at Dundee Contemporary Arts.


Bill Taylor’s work is essentially landscape-based/inspired and is influenced by the geometries which occur in nature. Both music and poetry are also major factors in the development of his work.


“In producing work, I tend to select elements from the environment - rhythms, sounds, perspectives, geometries, shapes, patterns, atmospheres - and I attempt to fashion these elements into a new format. The works are therefore an abstraction or a translation. The works exist in themselves. They don’t represent anything but hopefully communicate a sense of space and order, and attempt to provide an opportunity for contemplation”.


Exhibitions


2019 Parallels, Meffan Gallery, Forfar

2018 Meffan Gallery, Forfar

2017    The Original Print Show, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk (Curated by Norman Ackroyd CBE RA)

2017    Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, London

2017    Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2017    Meffan Gallery, Forfar (Purchase Prize Award)

2017    Frames Gallery, Perth

2016    Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI), Glasgow

2016    Print Gallery, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

2016    Meffan Gallery, Forfar

2016    PrintRoomDundee, Tower Gallery, Dundee University, Dundee

2016    Festival Exhibition, EDS Gallery, Edinburgh

2016    Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, London

2016    PrintRoomDundee, Cambo House, Kingsbarns

2016    PrintFest, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

2015    Print Gallery, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

2015    Meffan Gallery, Forfar

2014    Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld

2007    Print Gallery, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

2003    Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2002    Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2000    Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2000    Angus Open - Arbroath, Forfar

1999    Gallery Forteviot, Forteviot, Perthshire

1999    Society of Scottish Artists, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

1999    Gifted, Scottish Arts Council Gift Exhibition, McManus Galleries, Dundee

1998    Cancer Research Exhibition, Dundee University, Dundee

1996    Society of Scottish Artists, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

1994    Cancer Research Exhibition, Dundee University, Dundee

1992    Cancer Research Exhibition, Dundee University, Dundee

1991    Dundee 800, McManus Galleries, Dundee

1990    Works on Paper, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh

1988    The Silvery Tay, McManus Galleries, Dundee

1987    Society of Scottish Artists, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

1985    Society of Scottish Artists, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

1985    Through other Eyes, Crawford Centre, St Andrews (Retrospective)

1983    Scottish Art / 2 Generations, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

1983    Teamworks, Meadowplace Gallery, Dundee

1983    DATA, McManus Galleries, Dundee (Exhibition Curator)

1981    Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

1978    Society of Scottish Artists, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

1977    Dundee Young Artists, McManus Galleries, Dundee

1975    Society of Scottish Artists, RSA Gallery, Edinburgh

1975    Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

1974    British Watercolour Today, Rochdale Art Gallery, Rochdale

1973    Contemporary British Art, Rochdale Art Gallery, Rochdale

1971    Scottish Young Contemporaries, Edinburgh

 

Awards & Commissions


2017    Angus District Council Purchase Prize    

1985    Scottish Arts Council / Paisley District Council Commission

1984    Scottish Arts Council Award

1980    Scottish Arts Council Award (Printmaking Bursary)

1971    Prizewinner, Scottish Young Contemporaries


Publications


The Public Catalogue Foundation, 2012

Open an Island, Scottish Centre for Geopoetics/Scottish Natural Heritage, 2007

Consider the Lilies, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh 2006

Island Magazine, 2005

east/west Artist’s Book, 2005


Collections


The Scottish Arts Council

McManus Galleries, Dundee

Angus District Council

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Collection, Dundee

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Centre for Artists’ Books, Dundee University, Dundee

Private Collections in Britain, France, Belgium and USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Bill Taylor 2019