Rick Taylor is a Mississauga realist painter with a diverse range of subjects. Recently his interest has been focused on urban scenes. His accurate depictions of Toronto have a stylish and engaging contemporary feel, while remaining faithful to the subject matter.
Artist, Rick Taylor, was born in Fergus, Ontario. He currently resides in Mississauga. Even as a preschooler he loved to draw. His father Leslie Taylor, was a local sign writer, painting innumerable trucks, awnings and banners until the late sixties, when the family moved to Malton.
Rick taught elementary school for 27 years, while also enjoying a lively and productive career as an artist. In 2000 he left teaching to pursue a full time career as an artist.
Although Rick’s preoccupation is painting, he is also an active cartoonist and illustrator. His autobiographical cartoon strip, The Blackboard Jumble has appeared for many years in a variety of publications. He illustrated the critically acclaimed comic book series Wordsmith and in the early nineties he drew Sandman Mystery Theater for D.C. Comics.
Rick has also produced a large volume of short stories and sketchbooks for Caliber Comics, as well as the four issue espionage adventure, “The Silencers,” the supernatural thriller “The Raven Chronicles” and finally his own adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome”. Rick’s graphic novel, “Growing Up with Comics” is his most recent published work.
Over the last couple of years, Rick has been involved in a number of group and one man shows at the Frecklebean Café on McCaul Street in Toronto. He has also participated in exhibits with the Heliconian sketch group in Toronto. He is currently represented by the Donna Child Fine Art Gallery
In January 2014, through Donna Child Fine Art Gallery the Government of Ontario purchased four of Rick’s paintings for their collection of Canadian art.
In his urban paintings, Rick captures the atmosphere and energy of older neighborhoods. His goal is to evoke an emotional sensation in both his urban and traditional landscapes . Recreating the energy and activity of the city and the sense of joy and peace he feels in the outdoors.
Rick Taylor was born in Fergus, Ontario.
Even as a preschooler he loved to draw. His father, Leslie Taylor was a local sign writer, painting innumerable trucks, awnings and banners.
Rick taught elementary school for 27 years, while enjoying a lively and productive career as an artist. In 2000 he left teaching to pursue a full time career as an artist. His new work was quickly picked up by a number of collectors and Rick was soon represented by Artworld Fine Art, Nancy Poole’s Studio in Toronto, River Coyote in Port Credit, Gallery Streetsville, the Westmount Gallery and the Gallery on the Grand in Waterloo.
Rick is an avid traveler and has painted and sketched in the U.K, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Mexico, North Africa, Hawaii, South American, Israel, Egypt, and also throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Algonquin Park is a favourite location. In May of 2004 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and visit Arizona to paint the desert. The summer of 2005 was spent painting in Newfoundland.
A lifelong learner, Rick has attended art classes at Humber College, Sheridan College, O.C.A.D., York University, The University of Guelph, Sheridan College, Neilson Park Creative Centre and Springbank Visual Arts Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Elementary teaching certificate, Lakeshore Teachers College, 1969
Painting Certificate, Humber College, 1975.
Bachelor of Arts, York University, 1978.
Various group shows including the Springbank Artists Group and numerous members shows with the Etobicoke Art Group.
2011 Diversity in Art, Artworld of Sherway.
2013 Night and the City, one person show, Artworld of Sherway.
2016 Art in Transit, Artworld Fine Art.
2016 Figurative and Portrait Works, Neilson Park.
2015 Winner, Second Prize, Neilson Park.
2016 Winner of the Peoples’ Choice Award, Neilson Park.
2016 Figurative Expressions, Visual Arts Mississauga.
In early 2014 the Government of Ontario purchased four of Rick’s canvases for the permanent collection.