Welcome to the website of Shropshire based portrait painter Simon Taylor.
Original portraits make timeless and unique gifts, perfect for someone special. Simon is a respected portrait painter having painted the official portrait of the Bishop of Northampton, and recently a portrait of General Sir Andrew Gregory.
Simon, based near Oswestry and Shrewsbury, offers portraits for a range of budgets, from pencil drawn portraits on paper, to formal portraits on canvas. An original portrait will stand the test of time and will be a treasured possession for generations.
Simon enjoyed drawing and painting from childhood, and it was a natural progression for him to pursue a career as an artist and portrait painter.
Educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, he took a Foundation Course in Art & Design at the London College of Printing, and read Engineering at Southampton University.
He continued drawing and painting during a short career in sales and marketing, and became a freelance artist in 1993, specialising in portraits of Formula 1 drivers during which time he obtained private commissions from a number of Formula 1 drivers and others involved in the sport. His limited edition prints sold to a worldwide audience of motorsport fans.
Simon has since specialised in portrait painting and has painted the Official portrait of the Bishop of Northampton, portraits of Gen Sir Andrew Gregory and Gen Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman for the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and a number of works for Oriel and Trinity Colleges, Oxford. He works in a variety of media including pencil, watercolour, acrylic and oil paints, adapting his technique to suit each subject.
An artist has the freedom to capture individuality and personality, focusing on specific traits to capture something much deeper than merely a likeness.
A specially commissioned portrait becomes a treasured and timeless possession of personal value which will last for generations.
Portraits on canvas, historically, were painted to denote status, power and wealth. This is certainly still true for institutional works, where tradition, history and heritage are also important factors. Privately commissioned portraits are usually commissioned to make a special record of a person at a particular point in their life; child-hood, a significant age, an achievement or academic qualification, or an event such as marriage. Commissions may often be commemorative works of loved ones who have passed away.
It is with great sadness for me that my father passed away in January. Having been a professional photography and teacher of photography and design, he was of great help and support with my artwork. He was also a pianist and was influencial in my life musically. I painted this portrait about ten years ago.
He had a good long life, may he rest in peace.