Howard Taylor works of art

A pilot and an artist

In 1938 Howard Taylor graduated top of his class at the Royal Australian Air Force Flying Training School at Point Cook, Victoria. In 1939 he transferred to the Royal Air Force and served with it until he was shot down over France in 1940. He spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner in Germany.

It was while a prisoner that Taylor first began to draw seriously, intending to make a career as an artist. After the war he studied at the Birmingham College of Art, England, under the RAAF rehabilitation scheme. He returned to Western Australia in 1949.

Taylor’s work as an abstract painter and sculptor is concerned with the effects of light and colour, and the qualities of distance and space. These interests are immediately apparent in even these earliest drawings. Taylor established a reputation as one of Australia’s most distinguished artists.

AWM ART28567
Howard Taylor
Second World War enlisted Royal Australian Air Force
Skaters, Oflag VIB
watercolour with charcoal and coloured pencils on paper
drawn in Warburg, Germany, c. 1942
acquired in 1985
ART28567

AWM ART28571
Howard Taylor
Second World War enlisted Royal Australian Air Force
Huts, Stalag Luft III
black and white crayons on grey paper
drawn in Sagan, Germany (now Poland), c. 1943
acquired in 1985
ART28571

AWM ART28573
Howard Taylor
Second World War enlisted Royal Australian Air Force
Interior, Stalag Luft III
brush and purple ink with pencil on paper
drawn in Sagan, Germany (now Poland), c. 1943
acquired in 1985
ART28573