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.
2010 – Lena Boyle Fine Art, London
2002 – 2009 Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire
2001 – 2008 Thompsons Gallery , London
The National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket
Selected Group Exhibition:
The Royal Academy, London
Cross Gate Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Courcoux & Courcoux, Hampshire
The London Art Fair
The National Print Exhibition
Beaux Arts, Bath
The Duke & Duchess of Bedford
The King Ranch, Texas
Lord & Lady Oaksey
The Duke and Duchess of Westminster
The Earl Cadogan
Dalham Hall Stud, Suffolk
Plantation Stud, Suffolk
The National Centren for Zoonotic Research
Mrs D Nicholson
Channel 4 Racing
At The Races