Simon Taylor, Portrait Painter

Educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, he then took a Foundation Course in Art & Design at the London College of Printing, and read Engineering at Southampton University.

He became a freelance artist in 1993. Throughout the 1990's, aside from private portrait work, he specialised 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 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.

Aside from his artwork, Simon is a guitarist/composer, has worked as a website designer, and is a keen amateur wildlife photographer, with a particular interest in birds of prey.

Over the years, Simon has produced all manner of artwork some of which is detailed below.

Simon Taylor Portrait Painter

Other Artwork by Simon Taylor

Cycling Prints by Simon Taylor

Cycling Art

Simon is a cycling fan and has published a successful series of limited edition prints, featuring british riders such as Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome, and Simon Yates amongst others. These images are contemporary takes on old art-deco style posters using flat areas of bold colour.

Simon has a website dedicated to his cycling related artwork.

Simon Taylor with Valtteri Bottas

Motor Racing Art

Simon began his professional artistic career painting motor racing subjects, and still occasionally gets racing related commissions and was involved in McLaren's 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2013 (see below). Pictured with Valtteri Bottas and Simon's painting of his maiden victory with Mercedes.

Simon has a website dedicated to his racing related prints and artwork.

Contemprary Harbour Scene by Simon Taylor

Contemporary Art

In the early part of this century, Simon painted a series of contemporary canvases featuring seascape scenes and other subject matter. He had exhibitions of his work in Oxford, at the Sarah Wiseman Gallery and at the Affordable Art Fair in London.

Simon has a website dedicated to his contemporary artwork.

Jazz Club Trumpeter by Simon Taylor

Naive Art

In the early part of the century, Simon also painted a series of naive paintings on board and canvas which were exhibited in Oxford and at the Affordable Art Fair.

Simon has a website dedicated to his contemporary artwork.

Yacht Watercolour by Simon Taylor

Other Private Commissions

Simon paints any subject to commission. Aside from his sporting related works, Simon has painted pictures of lanscapes, houses, ballerinas, animals, yachts etc.

If you have any requirements for commissioned artwork, please contact Simon for a chat.

The McLaren Old Boys and Girls Association 50th Anniversary Reunion and Dinner

In association with the Bruce McLaren Trust, September 2013

Robin Herd portrait by Simon Taylor Gordon Coppuck portrait by Simon Taylor John Barnard by Simon Taylor Steve Nichols portrait by Simon Taylor James Hunt portrait by Simon Taylor Niki Lauda portrait by Simon Taylor Ayrton Senna by Simon Taylor

McLaren 50th Anniversary Dinner Presentation

I was privileged to be asked to produce a series of drawings featuring McLaren’s car designers, Robin Herd from the 60’s, Gordon Coppuck who designed the M23 which James Hunt used to win his F1 championship in 1976, John Barnard from the 80’s whose cars won championships with Niki Lauda and Alain Prost, and Steve Nichols, whose MP4-4 won 15 out of 16 races in 1988 and Ayrton Senna’s first World Championship.

I also produced portraits of James Hunt, Niki Lauda and Ayrton Senna for the event.