Jo Taylor was born in Lancashire in 1969 and studied at Leeds Metropolitan University from 1988 to 1991. Although her speciality is horses, her love of animals in general results in her tendency to paint a variety of subjects, always aiming to capture their energy and spirit.

All her works are drawn from life, and much time is spent watching and drawing the horse at rest and at work – on the gallops, at the racecourse, at stud. This gives her images a sense of immediacy and energy, reflecting her true understanding of her subject.

Taylor has drawn her inspiration from sculptors such as Rodin and Marini, although since her growing involvement in graphic work, she has become increasingly influenced by Durer and Degas. She works in ink, watercolour, acrylic, wax and oil, which she frequently mixes to create rich, luscious, often textural and vibrant surfaces.

Artist in Residence – The University of Liverpool, Department of Veterinary Science.

Solo Exhibitions:

2010 – Lena Boyle Fine Art, London

2002 – 2009 Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2001 – 2008 Thompsons Gallery , London

The National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket

Selected Group Exhibition:

Thompson`s Gallery, London

The Royal Academy, London

Cross Gate Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Courcoux & Courcoux, Hampshire

Thompsons Gallery, London

The London Art Fair

The National Print Exhibition

Art London

Beaux Arts, Bath


Lady Huntingdon

The Duke & Duchess of Bedford

The King Ranch, Texas

Lord & Lady Oaksey

The Duke and Duchess of Westminster

Liverpool University

Nicky Henderson

The Earl Cadogan

Dalham Hall Stud, Suffolk

Plantation Stud, Suffolk

The National Centren for Zoonotic Research

Mrs D Nicholson



The Observer

The Times

Channel 4 Racing

At The Races


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