Nicolas Granger-Taylor was born in London in 1963, and educated at Latymer Upper School. He begun his training at the Kingston Polytechnic. On completion, he then headed to Bristol Polytechnic for their three-year degree course in Fine Art. It was toward the end of his first year at Bristol that he recognised that painting was what most inspired him, and chiefly painting from life. His final-year show mainly consisted of large figure studies taken directly from life, the principal subjects being solitary women in interiors, with particular attention to light and form. Apart from some excursions into more imaginatively-based figure compositions in the following years, by late 1989 - at the start of his final year at the Royal Academy Schools – he was painting exclusively from life, with work on individual pieces ranging over several days, weeks or months.
This working pattern remains today, Nicolas alternating sessions with models and visitors for portrait commissions with his work on still lifes. Finding a subject that appeals to him, Nicolas will spend some time honing the arrangement of the subject and the composition of the picture before commencing to paint. He works in oils, mainly using sable brushes, on fine linen canvas which is sometimes stretched over board. These paintings have been called “cabinet pictures” – relatively small in size, they are intimate pieces that are nonetheless powerful, charged from the artist’s passion for his work, his relatedness with the subject, and the hours of focused observation.
Selected public, institutional and private collections
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith (portrait commission)
Luton University (portrait commission)
New College, Oxford
The 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (portrait commission)
The Duke of Devonshire
The late Sir Brinsley Ford
The late Sir Alec Guinness CH, CBE
Barry Humphries CBE
The Steve Martin Collection, USA
Greta Scacchi OMRI