Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor biography

The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art over a quarter of a century. His paintings of aircraft, more than those of any other artist, have helped popularise a genre which at the start of this remarkable artist's career had little recognition in the world of fine art. When he burst upon the scene in the mid-1970s his vibrant, expansive approach to the subject was a revelation. His paintings immediately caught the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike . He became an instant success.

As a boy, Robert seemed always to have a pencil in his hand. Aware of his natural gift from an early age, he never considered a career beyond art, and with unwavering focus, set out to achieve his goal. Leaving school at fifteen, he has never worked outside the world of art. After two years at the Bath School of Art he landed a job as an apprentice picture framer with an art gallery in Bath, the city where Robert has lived and worked all his life. Already competent with water-colours the young apprentice took every opportunity to study the works of other artists and, after trying his hand at oils, quickly determined he could paint to the same standard as much of the art it was his job to frame.

Soon the gallery was selling his paintings, and the owner, recognising Robert's talent, promoted him to the busy picture-restoring department. Here, he repaired and restored all manner of paintings and drawings, the expertise he developed becoming the foundation of his career as a professional artist. Picture restoration is an exacting skill, requiring the ability to emulate the techniques of other painters so as to render the damaged area of the work undetectable. After a decade of diligent application, Robert became one of the most capable picture restorers outside London. Today he attributes his versatility to the years he spent painstakingly working on the paintings of others artists.

After fifteen years at the gallery, by chance he was introduced to Pat Barnard, whose military publishing business happened also to be located in the city of Bath. When offered the chance to become a full-time painter, Robert leapt at the opportunity. Within a few months of becoming a professional artist, he saw his first works in print. The Military Gallery has published every print reproduced from Robert's paintings ever since.

Robert's early career was devoted to maritime paintings, and he achieved early success with his prints of naval subjects, one of his admirers being Lord Louis Mountbatten. He exhibited successfully at the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London and soon his popularity attracted the attention of the media. Following a major feature on his work in a leading national daily newspaper he was invited to appear in a BBC Television programme. This led to a string of commissions for the Fleet Air Arm Museum who, understandably, wanted aircraft in their maritime paintings. It was the start of Robert's career as an aviation artist.

Fascinated since childhood by the big, powerful machines that man has invented, switching from one type of 'hardware' to another has never troubled him. Being an artist of the 'old school', Robert tackled the subject of painting aircraft with the same gusto as with his large, action-packed maritime pictures - big compositions supported by powerful and dramatic skies, painted on large canvases. It was a formula new to the aviation art genre, at the time not used to such sweeping canvases, but one that came naturally to an artist whose approach appeared to have origins in an earlier classical period.

Robert's aviation paintings are instantly recognisable. He somehow manages to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. With uncanny ability, he is able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed realism that few other artists ever manage to achieve. This is partly due to his prodigious research but also his attention to detail: Not for him shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trade mark, flying machines that are battle-scarred, worse for wear, with dings down the fuselage, chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings, paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real!

Robert's aviation works have drawn crowds in the international arena since the early 1980s. He has exhibited throughout the US and Canada, Australia, Japan and in Europe. His one-man exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC was hailed as the most popular art exhibition ever held there. His paintings hang in many of the world's great aviation museums, adorn boardrooms, offices and homes, and his limited edition prints are avidly collected all around the world.

A family man with strong Christian values, Robert devotes most of what little spare time he has to his home life. Married to Mary for thirty five years, they have five children, all now grown up. Neither fame nor fortune has turned his head. He is the same easy-going, gentle character he was when setting out on his painting career all those years ago, but now with a confidence that comes with the knowledge that he has mastered his profession.

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After the Storm by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Against All Odds by Robert Taylor
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Air Armada - The Hardest Days by Robert Taylor (Me109)
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Airstrike by Robert Taylor (Harrier)
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Air Superiority by Robert Taylor (P-51 Mustang)
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American Clipper Flying Cloud by Robert Taylor
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American Eagles by Robert Taylor (P-51 Mustang)
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Angels Three Zero by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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A Time for Heroes by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Bader Legend by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Balloon Buster by Robert Taylor (Secondary)
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Band of Brothers by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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Barque Glenogil by Robert Taylor
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Battle for Britain by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Battle of the Coral Sea by Robert Taylor (SBD Dauntless)
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Battle of the Nile by Robert Taylor
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The Battle of Trafalgar by Robert Taylor
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The Biff Boys by Robert Taylor (Albatross)
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Bogeys Eleven O'Clock High by Robert Taylor (P-38)
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Bold, Reckless and Supreme by Robert Taylor (Hawker Hurricane)
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Bomb Away! by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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Breaking Cover by Robert Taylor (Fw190)
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Bringing the Peacemaker Home by Robert Taylor (B-17 & P-51)
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The Calm Before the Storm by Robert Taylor (USS Arizona)
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Canberras Over Cambridgeshire by Robert Taylor
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Chance Encounter by Robert Taylor (Dornier 24)
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Clipper Morning Star by Robert Taylor (Boeing Stratocruiser)
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Close Call by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Closing the Gap by Robert Taylor (Typhoon)
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Cloud Companions by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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Coming In Over the Estuary by Robert Taylor (P-38 Lightning)
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Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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The Dambusters - Inbound to Target by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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The Dambusters - Last Moments of the Mhne Dam by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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Day Duties for the Night Workers by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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D-Day Drop - 'Stick 21' by Robert Taylor (C-47 Dakota)
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D-Day - The Airborne Assault by Robert Taylor
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Defence of the Realm by Robert Taylor (Hawker Hurricane)
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Desert Hawks by Robert Taylor (P-40 Kittyhawk)
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The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders by Robert Taylor (B-25 Mitchell)
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Doolittle's D-Day by Robert Taylor (P-38)
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Duel in the Dark by Robert Taylor (Lancaster & Me110)
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Eagle Force by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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The Eagles Divide by Robert Taylor (P-51 Mustang)
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Eagles on the Channel Front by Robert Taylor (Me 109)
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Eagles Prey by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Eagles on the Rampage by Robert Taylor (P-51 Mustang)
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Farewell America by Robert Taylor
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Fastest Victory by Robert Taylor (Hawker Hurricane)
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Fighter General by Robert Taylor (Me262)
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Fighting Red Tails - The Tuskegee Airmen by Robert Taylor (P-51)
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Fighting Tigers by Robert Taylor (P-40 Warhawk)
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First of Many - Douglas Bader Tribute by Robert Taylor (Hurricane)
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First Sighting by Robert Taylor (Sunderland)
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Flying Tigers - The Stuff of Legend by Robert Taylor (P-40 Warhawk)
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Front Line Hurricanes by Robert Taylor
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Fury of Assault - The Blitz of London by Robert Taylor (He111 & Hurricane)
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The Gallant Ohio by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Gathering of Eagles by Robert Taylor (Secondary)
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Gathering Storm by Robert Taylor (Fw190)
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Greycap Leader by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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The Hard Way Home by Robert Taylor (Halifax, Hurricane)
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Hellcat Fury by Robert Taylor (F6F)
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Height and Sun by Robert Taylor (Hawker Hurricane)
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Hell Hawks Over Utah by Robert Taylor (P-47 Thunderbolt)
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Helping Hand by Robert Taylor (Secondary)
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High Cost by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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Hornblower and the Indefatigible by Robert Taylor
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"Hornblower and the 'Indefatigable'" by Robert Taylor
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Hornchurch Scramble - The Hardest Days by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Hostile Sky by Robert Taylor (P-38)
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Into the Teeth of the Wind (B-25)
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Jet Hunters by Robert Taylor (P-51, B-17, Me262)
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JG-52 by Robert Taylor (Bf109)
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Knights Move by Robert Taylor (Me109, Tirpitz)
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Lancaster VC by Robert Taylor
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The Legend of Colin Kelly by Robert Taylor (B-17)
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The Long Short Days by Robert Taylor (Me109)
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Marauder Mission by Robert Taylor (B-26)
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Midwinter Dawn by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Milne Bay - The Turning Point by Robert Taylor (P-40 Kittyhawk)
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Mission Beyond Darkness by Robert Taylor (SB2C Curtis Helldiver)
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Morning Thunder by Robert Taylor (Japanese Zero)
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Most Memorable Day by Robert Taylor (Me 109)
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Mustang Recce by Robert Taylor (P-51)
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Night Intruder by Robert Taylor (Mosquito)
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No Turning Back by Robert Taylor (Lancaster & Fw190)
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One MiG Down by Robert Taylor (Mirage)
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Open Assault by Robert Taylor (Ju-87 Stuka)
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Opening Sky by Robert Taylor (P-51 Mustang)
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Operation Chastise by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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Out of Fuel and Safely Home by Robert Taylor (B-17 & P-51)
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Peaceful Anchorage by Robert Taylor
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Phantom Strike by Robert Taylor (F-4)
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Rabaul - Fly For Your Life by Robert Taylor (F4U Corsair)
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Ramrod 792 by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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The Road to the Rhine by Robert Taylor (C-47 Dakota)
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Rolling Thunder by Robert Taylor (F-105)
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Running the Gauntlet by Robert Taylor (Me262 and P-51)
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Russian Roulette by Robert Taylor (Yak 3 & Me109)
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Savage Skies by Robert Taylor (Fw190 & B-24 Liberator)
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Schweinfurt - The Second Mission by Robert Taylor (B-17)
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Severn Trail by Robert Taylor (C-130)
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Skipper Comes Home by Robert Taylor (B-17)
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Sky Giant by Robert Taylor (PB2Y Coronado)
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Special Duties by Robert Taylor (Ju52 Luftflotte 2)
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Spitfires Over St. Michael's Mount by Robert Taylor
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Steinhoff Tribute by Robert Taylor (Me109)
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Strike and Return by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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Strike and Strike Again by Robert Taylor (Beaufighter)
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Target Bearing 270 by Robert Taylor
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They Landed by Moonlight by Robert Taylor (Lysander)
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Thunderbolt Strike by Robert Taylor (P-47)
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Thunderheads Over Ridgewell by Robert Taylor (B-17)
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Top Dog by Robert Taylor (Mosquito)
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Towards Night's Darkness by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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Undaunted by Odds by Robert Taylor (Hawker Hurricane)
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Uneven Odds by Robert Taylor (Hurricane)
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Valiant Response by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Valor in the Pacific by Robert Taylor (B-29)
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Viper Venom by Robert Taylor (F-16)
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Vital Support by Robert Taylor (Mosquito)
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Wide Horizons by Robert Taylor (P-38)
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Wings of Glory by Robert Taylor (Spitfire)
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Winter Homecoming by Robert Taylor (Lancaster)
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Winter's Welcome by Robert Taylor (B-17 Flying Fortress)
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The Wolfpack - Outward Bound to Bremen by Robert Taylor (P-47 Thunderbolt)
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