TALK: ‘Life of Brian’ with Art Critic & Historian Richard Cork

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Saturday 17 November 2018

On Saturday 17 November we are delighted to welcome the award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and exhibition curator Richard Cork to the barn to discuss the life and influence of eminent sculptor Brian Taylor. Joining him will be Taylor’s son and five generations of former pupils, including sculptors Lawrence Edwards and Ellen Christansen.

Lawrence Edwards –
It wasn’t Brian’s incredible technical ability or natural talent that got me in the end. He was ‘nature’, I’d never met someone so in tune with work, it was his only form of expression, everything boiled down to the making not the showing the casting or the talking, that and empathy are what he leaves me striving for.

Ellen Christensen –
‘In 1986 I was one of the students invited to his house in Italy. I began to draw the surrounding landscape but found myself overwhelmed. Brian’s drawings were amazing – especially impressive when one knows how difficult it is. The mountain range was huge, and the light was beautiful’. The best advice I had from Brian was ‘there is always more you can see’…

Formerly Art Critic of The Evening Standard and Chief Art Critic of The Times, Richard Cork now writes for The Financial Times and broadcasts regularly on BBC radio and TV. He was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University in 1989-90, and Henry Moore Senior Fellow at the Courtauld Institute, 1992-5. He has acted as a judge for the Turner Prize and curated major exhibitions at Tate, the Hayward Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery, the Royal Academy and other European venues. Richard Cork was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy in 2011.

Messums Wiltshire are pleased to represent the estate of Brian Taylor.

The exhibition Brian Taylor: A Retrospective is showing in the Barn Gallery from 27 October – 2 December.

Photo courtesy of Lawrence Edwards

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