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E. Mervyn Taylor: Artist Craftsman

Friday 16 June 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join Art Consultant Tony Mackle for a tour and discussion of previously unseen drawings and watercolours from the Taylor family estate in the exhibition E. Mervyn Taylor: Artist Craftsman.

Drawings, watercolours and wood engravings by E. Mervyn Taylor from the Taylor family estate give a unique insight into the skilled and exacting working processes of this very fine artist. Taylor’s early career as a jewellery engraver at the firm of W. H. Worrall in Auckland had honed his innate skills, particularly his mastery of line, and ability to give breadth and depth to a design within a restricted area. He considered himself to be an artist/craftsman and appreciated being identified by that title.

Though only representing the merest fraction of Taylor’s life and work as a notable New Zealand artist, all the works in the exhibition attest to the fineness and dedication of craftsmanship. They give a very good indication of the extent of his vision and why he is still and shall remain such an important figure in New Zealand art.

“As an artist I aspire to become a craftsman, and as a craftsman I aspire to become an artist.”

E. Mervyn Taylor: Artist Craftsman,  an exhibition of original drawings and watercolours, is on at Solander Gallery, 218 Willis Street, from 31 May – 1 July 2017.

Booking is essential, numbers are limited.

Feature image:  Detail from Farm House 1951, watercolour


Friday 16 June 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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