Between The Lines

Painting and Collage

Malcolm Taylor

Born 1948
Lives NW England
Member The Manchester Academy of Fine Arts

The bedrock of Malcolm’s exhibition ‘Between The Lines’ is undoubtedly ‘The Landscape’ through many aspects. In this second solo exhibition at Water Street Gallery, Malcolm has an almost equal division is between realism and abstraction, works evolving from direct sketches and drawings. Paradoxically the finished works rarely begin with a fixed image in mind, but unfold freely and expressively the the process of painting and drawing itself.

This effortless flow, however, is underpinned by deep and hard won striving to find balance whether in compositional tensions such as in‘Celtic Night’, or rhythmic ‘Top Pasture’, or texture and line in ‘The Seas Between Us’. Spontaneous enjoyment in mark making, together with bolder colour have been heightened over the years, while every now and again a more somber palette echoes subjects of darkening skies and rain lashed fields.


Malcolm has been painting for over 40 years and for the last seven years he has been a full time artist. He is Vice President of Manchester Academy of Fine Art and also a member of the Pastel Society and The Federation Of British Artists.

He has shown his work in many national exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Royal Society of British Artists, The Pastel Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Institute Of Painters in Watercolour, The Royal Society of Marine Artists and The Royal Glasgow Institute Of Fine Art.

Malcolm has exhibited in galleries throughout the UK and as far afield as New York and Seattle. In recent years these include The McLellan Gallery Glasgow; Ing Discerning Eye Exhibition at The Mall Gallery, London; The Portico Library Gallery, Manchester; Gallery Oldham; Artmill Gallery, Plymouth; Oriel Wrexham; Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy; The Edmund Gallery, Bury St.Edmunds; Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea; The Aldeburgh Gallery and several major London art fairs. He has also been a prizewinner at The Pastel Society exhibition.

His work is held in collections in England, Wales, Scotland, USA, Australia, New Zealand, The Cayman Islands, Switzerland and Spain.

‘Love your palette, the work has a wonderful familiar fell to it. The abstracts are fab!
Pam Shaw - Huddersfield