About David Taylor A.W.I. F.V.A.S

About David Taylor A.W.I. F.V.A.S

David is recognised internationally for his painting, teaching and his services to the arts.

Born in Melbourne Australia in 1941, David’s early career began in etching and a 6-year apprenticeship at the north Melbourne Printing School of Graphic Arts to colour etching assisted in his future career as an artist painter. Many hand skills were learned such as hand engraving, lino and wood cutting also etching with zinc, copper and magnesium, later etching on film in lithography.

David’s painting career expands many years of studying the art of watercolour painting and he has been involved in teaching his great love of this medium to painters both in Australia and overseas since the late sixties. He is involved in regularly tutoring for the Australian and International Artist magazine.

His numerous achievements include over 100-awards in watercolour, including the Herald Sun Best Of Show Gold Medal Award at The Camberwell Rotary Exhibition 2002 and a silver medal in 1976. and Silver Award currently in 2007. David won the the prestigious Victorian Artists Society Artist Of The Year Award in 1976, 1980 and again in 1989. That same year, David received the Distinguished Leadership Award for outstanding services to watercolour and teaching from the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and a certificate of merit for distinguished service to the community.

David’s works are represented in numerous public and private collections worldwide.

David’s work is regularly exhibited in Australia, in several states, in England, the Channel Islands and Stockholm. He has held regular one man exhibitions of his work since 1975.

In each exhibition David expresses his joy of working freely on location and his love of spontaneity, shape, light and colour.

There have been many varying influences on David’s painting journey and he is inspired by the impressionists Monet, Turner and the expressive John Singer Sargeant. Also Winslow Homer, Brabazon Brabazon and Whistler make the list. David is inspired by subjects that convey atmosphere mood and feeling. His book entitled “Solving The Mystery of Watercolor” features David Taylor’s work and was co-written by Ron Ranson. His work is also on film and DVD with APV films.

Selected Bibliography.

Represented Australian Watercolour Institute 75th Anniversary 1923-1998
Australian Watercolour Painters 1780 – 1980 Jean Campbell
Australian Impressionist and realist artists
Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand
Max Germaine
Who’s Who in Australia and the Far East first edition 1989
Dictionary of International Biography 1990-91 twenty first edition.
The International Directory Distinguished Leadership second edition.
Co-written Solving the Mystery of Watercolour David Taylor, Ron Ranson
APV Films Solving The Mystery Of Watercolour DVD and Video


As we journey through life there are changes to our lives and to the world we live in. My passion to express myself through my painting remains constant, the experiences are often challenging, moving and uplifting. Capturing the essence of the subject as a fleeting moment in time requires speed of hand to achieve the spontaneity I like to record…the light in its many guises and drama of fleeting impressions are important factors when I am viewing this special world that is ours to be a part of.

In a personal way, I am writing my diary through my work which endeavours to express my interests, my experiences and the place I find myself connected to at any given time.

2006 Wilbow Corporation Prize Best painting At the Camberwll Art Exhibition Australia.
2007 Silver Award Camberwell Art Exhibition
2011 Winner Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show Award Best of Show
2011 Kenneth Jack Memorial Award
2011 Kenneth Jack Popular Choice Award
2012 Bayswater Rotary Works on Paper Award