Michael TAYLOR, Pink and silver Enlarge 1 /1

Michael TAYLOR

Australia born 1933

  • Europe 1960-63
  • United States of America, India, Europe 1974-75

Pink and silver 1974 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil and enamel on canvas

Primary Insc: signed and dated, l.r., synthetic polymer paint, "Taylor '74"
Dimensions: 244.0 h x 172.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the Philip Morris Arts Grant 1982
Accession No: NGA 83.1584
Image rights: © Michael Taylor

Bredbo studio. A wooden shed delivered in one piece from the ‘Snowy’ by truck. Bredbo paintings were landscape: Pink and silver, Snowline, Winter, Flying insect painting.

Now I drive near that yellow shed every week. No one has used it since.

Some collaged works were purchased with Pink and silver; these make the landscape connection.

1973, 1974 exhibitions selling; canvases 244 x 174 cm purchased.

Roof too low for Pink and silver and Great Dividing Range to stand upright. Painted on floor or propped diagonal, then exhibited. Some went to Europe. Dix Artistes Australiens Contemporains banners unfurled across the Milan streets. Raining in Stuttgart. An umbrella hole in one of mine. Restoration: 600 deutschmarks.

Back 40 years. Living in Sydney on the Lane Cove River. Black wattle exhibited in Wynne Prize. Cadmium dots. Invisible black snake.

Stipple, spatter, spots recur in Bredbo pictures. Mere raised dots in Pink and silver. Other pictures, the 17-foot September, have grids of spots, waves of stippling, spore.

Diaphanous mists suspended in the air, the range was cloud-capped. Country clouds unlike those of the coast. Sometimes snow on the Bredbo sheds.

Some influences: handscrolls from China, Fairweather, Bonnard, Constable, Turner.

Michael Taylor 2002

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002