double self portrait howard taylor phenomena

artist : biography

1918
29 August, born in Hamilton, Victoria. Son of Eleanor Minnie and Charles Edmund Taylor. Lives in South Australia until 1932.

1932
Family moves to Perth, Western Australia. Studies at Perth Modern School.

1937
21 July, enlists in the Royal Australian Air Force. Goes to Point Cook, Victoria, for pilot training.

1938
Awarded Sword of Honour as pilot of the year. Goes to United Kingdom 25 July transfers to the RAF. Certified as Pilot Officer, 11 January 1939.

1940
Interned as a World War II prisoner of war from 19 May 1940 until end of the war, in POW camps Dulag Luft Oberwesel, Oflag IXA Spangenberg, Oflag VIB Warburg and Stalag Luft III Sagan (Germany) and Stalag XXA Thorn and Oflag XXIB Schubin (Poland).

1945
22 November, returns to Perth.

1946
20 February, demobilised from RAAF. Returns to United Kingdom. Marries Sheila Smith. Enrols as a part-time student at the Birmingham College of Art on an RAAF rehabilitation grant.

1949
January, returns with family to Western Australia and establishes home and studio in Bickley. First solo exhibition at Newspaper House Gallery.

1951
Teaches painting and drawing at Perth Technical College; continues in this position (part-time) until 1965.

1960
Visits the United Kingdom and Europe with Sheila for six months. Sculpture commission: Fremantle Passenger Terminal murals, Fremantle Port Authority.

1965
Teaches painting, drawing and sculpture at the School of Architecture and Planning, Western Australian Institute of Technology; continues in this position (part-time) for four years.

1967
Moves to Northcliffe, Western Australia.

1975
Awarded Western Australian Arts Council Fellowship. Sculpture commission: The black stump, AMP Fire and General Insurance Co., Perth.

1977
Appointed Artist-in-Residence, Western Australian Institute of Technology.

1978
Awarded Visual Arts Board Grant, Australia Council. Sculpture commission: Way through, Western Australian Institute of Technology.

1980
Sculpture commission: Forest trees, City of Bunbury. Visits the United Kingdom.

1986
Receives Australia Council Emeritus Award.

1988
Sculpture commission: Compass and perspective, Parliament House, Canberra.

1989
Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

1991
Appointed a Fellow, Curtin University of Technology, Perth.

1993
Receives honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, University of Western Australia, Perth.

1999
Honoured by the Western Australian State Government as a ‘Living Treasure’.

2000
Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Citizen of the Year Awards, Western Australian State Government.

2001
Receives honorary degree of Doctor of Technology, Curtin University of Technology, Perth. 19 July, dies in Perth.

One Person Exhibitons
Selected Group Exhibitions

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