Harvey Taylor has developed a labour intensive painting process whereby each painting can take up to two months to complete. He starts with a photographic image which he breaks down using a grid. A mask is then placed over the image so he only sees a small portion of the image at a time. He then aims to meticulously and objectively build up a painting from very close observation of these pieces. The distance he places between the photographic image and the painting enables him to stay focused and work over a long period of time on a piece of work. The subject is usually close family members however he has also started to develop other themes in his work, using local woodlands and the sea as starting points. Taylor analyses these landscape spaces with the same exactitude and objectivity that he uses when constructing his portraits.
Harvey Taylor graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1993. His work has been regularly selected for open competitions and he had a large solo show in 2018 at the Minories in Colchester. He sells his work to American collectors via SaatchiArt. Harvey is both an artist and a teacher. He lives in Colchester, Essex.