As an art student in Leeds, Jo Taylor made the decision to take her life's work back to her childhood passion for horses, from that point they have formed the main subject in her mixed media artworks.
1969 Born Lancashire
1989-1991 Leeds Metropolitan University
Artist in Residence The University of Liverpool, Department of Veterinary Science
Shortlisted for the New Light Art Prize in 2015 and 2017
2012 he Jockey Club
2012 The Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool
2010 -2013Lena Boyle Fine Art, London
2002- 2012Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire
2018 The Watts Gallery, Guildford.
2015 2020 Rountree Tryon Gallery.
2001- 2020 Thompsons Gallery London
The National Horse racing Museum, Newmarket
Selected Group Exhibitions
The Royal Academy, London
Cross Gate Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Showcase Gallery, Dubai
Courcoux & Courcoux, Hampshire
Thompsons Gallery, London
The London Art Fair
The National Print Exhibition
Beaux Arts, Bath
Channel 4 Racing
At The Races
Horse & Hound
An accomplished horsewoman herself, Jo spends hours each week riding out over her native Lancashire fells, from where she takes the inspiration for her organic palette. After her residency at the Department of Veterinary Science at Liverpool University, Jo was left with an exceptional understanding of equine anatomy. Her paintings are drawn from that first hand experience and observation of the character and physiology of each animal.
Through her fluid and confident mark making, using charcoal, chalks, watercolour and wax, Jo captures the very essence of each of her subjects. Her connection and understanding of the species is undeniable, encapsulating all the elements of their form, shape and behaviour within these remarkable artworks.
'It is pure instinct for me to work with the horse. Its' unique power to nurture the soul is pivotal to my work. In this modern era there is a shifting relationship between man, horse and the land as the horse breaks free from its previous role in history. I am working with a liberated force.
Through watching, drawing and riding horses, I try to capture a sense of their power and presence. I have been influenced by artists such as Leonardo and Gericault, who manage to capture the expressive body of animals. I am also hugely influenced by sculpture; by layering paint, paper, pastel, wax etc I am trying to put muscle down and breathe life into the work, so hopefully the viewer can feel as if they can see the other side of the beast in my work, as though they can walk around it.' Jo Taylor, 2021