One of Australia’s innovative realist landscape painters. Blue Mountains based Taylor finds his inspiration from the natural beauty of the land. His understanding of, and connection with nature is evident when viewing Taylor’s compelling and thoughtful compositions.
Neil Taylor was born in Brisbane in 1953 and studied painting in the early 70’s with William Robinson. After a short period of teaching he moved to the Sydney area and began to paint and exhibit full-time. He spent almost thirty years based around the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney and painting the local wilderness areas. He now lives west of Sydney and travels extensively both in Australia and overseas researching new subjects. He is particularly well known for his treatment of ocean and littoral themes.
Taylor has held almost 40 one-man shows in Australia, Asia, U.S.A. and the UK. He is represented in State collections as well as in a long list of major public and private corporations and private collections.
1953 Born in Brisbane
1970-72 Art Teacher’s Diploma, Kelvin Grove College, Brisbane
1973 High school teaching, Queensland
1974 Screen printing for Florence Broadhurst Sydney.
1975 Began painting and exhibiting full-time.
1976 Moved to Hawkesbury River NSW.
1976-present Travels extensively in Australia and overseas researching paintings
2007 Elected Member of Australian Watercolour Institute
2008-present Lives and Works in Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
2011 Elected Vice-President of Australian Watercolour Institute.
2017 Wagner Contemporary Sydney 2016 Wagner Contemporary Sydney
2015 Wagner Gallery Sydney 2014 Wagner Gallery Sydney
2012 Wagner Gallery Sydney 2011 Wagner Gallery Sydney
2011 Blue Bicycle Gallery Byron Bay 2010 Wagner Gallery Sydney
2010 Cook’s Hill Gallery Newcastle 2009 Cook’s Hill Gallery Newcastle
2008 Wagner Gallery Sydney 2007 Wagner Gallery Sydney
2005 Wagner Gallery Sydney 2004 Royall Fine Art Kent UK
2002 Port Jackson F.A. Laguna Beach CA 2001 Cooks Hill Galleries Newcastle
1999 North Shore Fine Art Sydney 1999 Wagner Gallery Sydney
1998 Cook’s Hill Gallery Newcastle 1998 Gallery Attica Katoomba
1995 Wagner Gallery Sydney 1995 Wagner Gallery Hong Kong
1995 Cook’s Hill Gallery Newcastle 1993 Valerie Cohen Gallery Sydney
1992 Bridge Street Gallery Sydney 1991 Philip Bacon Gallery Brisbane
1991 Solander Gallery Canberra 1990 Cook’s Hill Gallery Newcastle
1990 Editions Gallery Melbourne 1989 Cook’s Hill Gallery Newcastle
1988 Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney 1987 Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney
1986 Cook’s Hill Gallery Newcastle 1985 Philip Bacon Gallery Brisbane
1984 Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney 1983 Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney
1982 Bonython Gallery Adelaide 1981 Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney
1979 Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney 1978 Bonython Gallery Adelaide
1977 Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney 1976 Bonython Gallery Sydney
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS 1974-2017
Hogarth Gallery Sydney ; Bonython Gallery Sydney ; “Sea Exhibition” Australian Pavilion Expo’75 Okinawa ; Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney ; Cook’s Hill Galleries Newcastle ; Penrith Region Gallery ; Quentin Gallery Perth ; Barry Stern Gallery Sydney ; Bonython Gallery Adelaide ; Editions Gallery Melbourne; Gallery 460 Gosford ; BMG Fine Art Adelaide ; A.C.A.F.1 Melbourne ; Greenhill Galleries Perth ; BMG Fine Art Sydney ; A.C.A.F.2 Melbourne ; Solander Gallery Canberra ; Bridge Street Gallery Sydney ; Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne ; Dempsters Gallery Melbourne; Wagner Gallery Sydney, Valerie Cohen Gallery Sydney, Rotunda Exchange Square Hong Kong, Wagner Gallery Hong Kong, Marlene Antico Fine Arts Sydney, Beachside Gallery Noosa Qld.; North Shore Fine Art Sydney; Gallery Attica Katoomba; Bell Gallery Berrima, Port Jackson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California; Moulton Galleries Sydney, William Merrill Gallery Laguna Beach California; Royall Fine Art Kent U.K., A.W.I. Annual Exhibitions 2008-12, Paintbox Gallery Canberra, Yallingup Galleries WA., Blue Mountains City Gallery, Day Fine Art Blackheath.
2015 Mosman Art Prize – People’s Choice
2014 Temora Art Prize – First Prize
2014 Stanthorpe Art Prize – People’s Choice and Volunteer’s Choice
2013 Calleen Art Awards – People’s Choice
2012 Hawkesbury Art Prize – People’s Choice
2011 Gosford Art Prize – First Prize
2011 Mt Eyre Art Prize – First Prize
2009 Kenilworth Art Prize – First Prize
2009 Mortimore Prize – First Prize
10 Times Finalist in Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes AGNSW
Finalist in many other art prizes including Paddington Art Prize, Tattersalls Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Waterhouse Art Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize and NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize.
Wollongong City Art Gallery; B.H.P. Brisbane; European Asian Bank; Abbot-Tout-Creer; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; C.B.A. Bank; De Beers London; Newcastle University; N.R.M.A. Sydney; Banque Nationale du Paris; Volvo International; Hyatt Hotels Adelaide; Tubemakers Australia; N.S.W. State Parliament; European Banking Corporation; Bird Cameron Perth; S.A. Co-op Building Society; Price Waterhouse Sydney; Girvan Corporation Sydney; Colonial State Bank, Sydney; Fincorp Ltd, Perth; G.I.O.Sydney; Colgate-Palmolive Sydney; The Terrace Adelaide; American Club Sydney; State Bank of S.A.; Hilton Hotel Brisbane; A.M.P. Society Brisbane; Carrington Coal Co Newcastle; C.S. First Boston Sydney; Comsteel Newcastle; A.A.P. Sydney; Barclays De Zoot De Weit Sydney; Reuters Sydney; Bayer Sydney; State Street Bank Sydney, Randwick Municipal Council Sydney, A.G.L. Sydney, Hyatt Hotels USA, Port of Brisbane, QLD Sunshine Coast Art Collection QLD. Mt Eyre Vineyards NSW.