Tree cylinder
Tree cylinder

Howard Taylor

1918 - 2001 Tree cylinder 1956
  • oil on composition board
41.4 cm x 61 cm

Howard Taylor is acknowledged as one of the most significant Australian artists of the Twentieth Century.

This early work from the 1950s shows Taylor's absorbing interest in understanding the structure and internal workings of forms in nature as well as mechanical forms.

For Taylor, painting offered the means to explore the processes of visual perception that allow the eye to register an infinite range of subtlety and depth in light, colour and volume as they exist in the observable natural world.

His interest centred on a simple but compelling idea 'that the object seen in space is a fundamental aspect of vision, and if it can be understood visually and painted convincingly on the flat surface of the canvas, one is getting to grips with the painter's vision'. Howard Taylor, quoted in Art & Australia Volume 39, no3, 2002, p.389

Taylor crafted the frame for this work.


More by this artist

Howard Taylor 1918 - 2001 Untitled (Trees and rocks)
  • acrylic on board
43 cm x 37.5 cm

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