Fast-paced cityscapes and changing landscapes captured by Manchester artist Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor is an artist who lives in south Manchester and takes inspiration from the surrounding landscapes and cityscapes, creating rapidly executed paintings that hope to capture the very essence of each place he comes across.

Via Creative Boom submission. All images courtesy of the artist

Via Creative Boom submission. All images courtesy of the artist

Of his work, Colin believes that it is possible to paint ‘about’ a place but impossible to actually paint what you see in a moment: "When time, light, mass and space are ever changing, is it possible to transfer the experience of a 20,000 ft mountain to a canvas?"

His quick drawings and paintings rely on instinct and Colin’s own experience of the subject. The narrative is still there, except that the landscape itself, has moved centre stage.

In 2010, he was invited to undertake a year-long residency at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral which led to an exhibition of 30+ drawings and which later transferred to Cologne, Germany. He has also had exhibitions in New York, Washington DC.

Four years ago, he began work on a series of ‘cityscapes’ ...of the Manchester City skyline from a number of the highest buildings around and which will form an exhibition at Contemporary Six gallery in June 2015, following which he has a solo show in Paris.

You can discover more about his work at


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