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Howard Taylor AO

1918 – 2001

Howard Taylor AM (1918-2001), painter, sculptor, graphic artist and teacher, trained in England before the war, which he spent largely as a prisoner in Stalag Luft III. In 1951 he was appointed as a teacher at Perth Technical College, and for many years he continued to teach part-time. Through the 1960s and 70s he concentrated on sculpture and executed a number of major public commissions in Perth. During the 1980s he turned to pastels and paintings. Taylor was renowned for his slow and impeccable craftsmanship, and his work is powerfully evocative of long and patient observation of natural phenomena. Taylor was awarded two honorary doctorates, and the WA State Government named him a living treasure and citizen of the year in 1999 and 2000.

Updated 2018