Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Art and Poetry

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Art and Poetry

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Michael John Taylor spends every day devoted to making art and as he says, "paying constant attention to themes which are thought provoking and spiritually based and common to cultures and history worldwide."

The Kyogle based artist works with mixed media in drawing and painting searching to express the essence of human relationships and personal values and explore the balance between reality and illusion.

Michael says of his work, "It is the human condition and human relationships which have been my main point of subject. Always I have been inspired and motivated by poetry and music. The composition, rhythm and story line of the work is of such a value that balance and harmony prevail. The lyrical prose and the dancing nature of the tones and colours in the drawings reflect my love of words and music."

The works in the exhibition are inspired by the poem Crazy Jane Speaks With God by WB Yeates:

" That Lover of the night,

Came when he would

Leaving with the dawning light

Whether I would or no


The artist aimed to have the whimsical message and the vibrations of the words of the poem carry through into the drawings.

The works reveal some of the eternal stories of the relationships between people and offer many avenues of interpretation to these very intricate bonds.

Michael Taylor trained at the prestigious Chelsea School of Art, London for five years culminating in the National Diploma of Drawing and Design award in 1962. He obtained his Art Teacher's Certificate from Leeds University. Since immigrating to Australia in 1964 he taught Art at Lismore Secondary School for ten years until 1974, and in Technical Colleges and the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education. He has dedicated his life to his two great loves, painting and teaching.

Michael has had solo exhibitions in Brisbane, Lismore, Armidale, Newcastle and Adelaide, and has been included in many mixed exhibitions. …

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