IVAN TAYLOR (b. 1946)
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Oil on Board
495 mm x 395 mm
555 mm x 460 mm
Lovely impressionist painting of a street in Burslem. Nice detail of the street buildings and shops, including the Town Hall with clock in the background. A number of people are shown milling around, looking into shop windows with a decorative lamp post in the foreground.
Burslem is a constitutional town that amalgamated to form the Federation of Stoke-on-Trent in 1910, along with Hanley, Tunstall, Fenton, Longton and Stoke-upon-Trent in 1925, following the granting of city status to become the City of Stoke-on-Trent.
Born in North Staffordshire Ivan showed an early interest in art and in drawing and painting. His interest developed his talent and he exhibited 40 paintings on the then popular BBC TV programme “Sketch Club”. These were later sold by the BBC to raise money for UNICEF.
After studying fine art and graphics at the Burslem School of Art Ivan began his career working as a graphic artist eventually becoming Head of Graphics at Staffordshire County Council Education Department. He had his first one-man exhibition in 1972 and has been a full time painter since 1989.
Ivan is a well-known Staffordshire Artist noted for his Staffordshire Moorlands Scenes and is President of the Society of Staffordshire Artists. He also travels to paint in areas such as Norfolk, Wales, the West Country and London. His style has been described as that of the 20th century English Impressionist but influenced by earlier painters such as Turner and Constable. In 2006 Ivan won the Rowland Hilder Prize at the Royal Institute Watercolour Open Exhibition.