Decorative Interiors Sale, Cheltenham – To Include The Studio Of The Late Artist, Alison Taylor. Thursday 4Th February 2016.



Alison Taylor (1928-2015) was a multidisciplinary Cheltenham based artist who exhibited consistently with a voracious appetite to take on new and challenging artistic disciplines throughout a long and industrious life. The collection of work from her Peregrine Street studio documents a lifetime of diligent artistic exploration across a range of mediums, from painting, print-making, ceramics and textiles.

Born in 1928 in Wolverhampton, Taylor began private art tuition at just 16 years of age. She went on to enrol at the Goldsmiths College of Art in London, recognised as one of Britain’s most prestigious Art Colleges, taking Painting in the National Diploma of Design Course during the early 1950s. It was during a period when Goldsmiths began to establish its reputation in the arts and social science fields, as well as offering a number of new teacher training qualifications. On completion of her Diploma she moved to the South West where she lived and worked for the rest of her life.

She returned to Goldsmiths and its Art Textiles Department during the 60s, beckoned by the burgeoning modern textile movement and at a time when fellow alumni included Mary Quant, then going on to take further study at the Mid Gloucestershire Technical College Weaving Department. It is perhaps her delicate, experimental textile works for which she is best remembered.  Her textile art was first selected for inclusion in The Crypt Exhibition, St Paul’s Cathederal, New Ecclesiastical embroidery 1968 and went to other exhibitions throughout the country and then further afield to the New Embroidery Group Exhibition in Germany in 1975.

Following Taylor’s death last year, the works remaining in her studio included many textiles, together with numerous drawings and ceramics, covering her career from student days to more recent outings such as Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design 2011 at Thirlestaine Long Gallery, Cheltenham College.

This body of work to be included in the Mallams auction on Thursday 4th February 2016 is a unique opportunity to acquire work by this sought-after and respected Cheltenham artist, with examples from every decade of her career.

Published: 8th January 2016
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