About Patrick Taylor

Five foot ten, ten stone ten. Oil painter. Previously architect, public sector property services manager, online retailer, web designer, steel fabricator’s assistant, cleaner.

I was—

born many years ago at the Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, to my Belgian mother (Françoise) and English father (Kenneth). Françoise and Ken first met in Antwerp at the home of the Belgian artist and engraver Joris Minne and married in Brussels in 1946. Françoise Wauters was born in Liège but grew up in Brussels and studied art. Kenneth Taylor was born in Bolton and during the war served as an officer in the 6th Battalion of Green Howards. When the fighting was finished he was attached for a while to the Belgian army as a liaison officer.

My parents lived in Oxford while my father completed his degree in PPE at Jesus College. We then moved to Bolton in the north of England, Ken’s home town. He went to work into the family business, towel manufacturers W.T. Taylor & Co. Ltd in Horwich, until he retired as managing director in the 1990s. Françoise always painted and drew, and became an art teacher, alongside being the mother of me and my brothers and sisters: Anthony, Martin, Michèle, Annik.

I was educated at Beech House ‘kindergarten’ and Bolton School Boys’ Division. I left school in 1965 to study architecture at Manchester College of Art & Design. While qualifying as an architect I started at June Partington Architects in Bolton. I moved to John Gaytten Associates (near Oldham) and then the Departments of Architecture and Planning & Environment at Bolton Council, from where I retired as Chief Officer in the year 2000.

From 2000 up to about 2012 I made websites professionally, part of the time in Melbourne, Australia (until 2005, where I was also a steel fabricator’s assistant — it gets a bit complicated). From 2006 to 2009 I traded online, selling French glassware all over the world.

My interests over the years are varied. I was a good violinist at school and very good at art. Also includes aeromodelling, conjuring, playing in a pop group, hill walking, running, coin collecting, chess, photography, squash, golf, dinghy racing, cycling — and art. It has now come down mostly to hill walking and oil painting.

Sandra Murphy and I got married in 1971. Our sons are Thomas, Robert, Nick and Francis and they are now adults.

One of my oil paintings from 2017

An imaginary woman (which I painted 2016)

I started painting in 2015. I’ve now got about twenty in various stages of completion and kept in various locations. About half are finished: varnished and framed. The rest are coming along. That doesn’t include at least half a dozen I’ve scrapped. Currently painting my own version of the Mona Lisa and a picture of fly-tipping on Winter Hill.