To Live is to Consume      (View Larger / View Detail)
Acrylic Paint on Hardwood Panel, 240 x 580mm

"Simon Taylor’s photoreal paintings transcend not only photography but painting itself. Just as in a film, where subtle changes in narrative can be indicated by moving the focus of the camera, Simon directs the viewer’s eye to a sheer line of focus down the centre of the main subject in his latest work. Everything around it shimmers in a pictorial hinterland of peripheral vision. The surfaces are miraculous, smooth; they look as if the image has been projected onto the canvas; there is no evidence of a worked surface, even on very close examination."  © Jo Manby - Full text here.

Simon Taylor graduated in 1994 in Fine Art painting from Manchester University and since then has exhibited nationally and internationally. He has completed a number of solo exhibitions in galleries in London, Manchester, Southport and Huddersfield He has also exhibited in group exhibitions in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Dublin, Milan, Brussels, Utrecht and the USA.

His works have been used for television productions and a variety of publications worldwide. His paintings are collected internationally and he has works in public collections after winning the prestigious Sefton Open art prize in 2006.

His painting process is complex: working from photographs taken from magazines, life and film stills. Each image is dis-assembled and de-constructed from the original source and context then re-assembled. The images are re-edited to create new narratives, which exist only on the painted surface of his works. Characters are given the freedom to interact with themselves and/or different backdrops, manipulating the time and space that they originally inhabited.

The finished works are painted using acrylic paint onto various surfaces including canvas, wood panels and aluminium.