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Pam Taylor (1929 – 2014) – A Life in Sculpture


  • 35 North Gallery 35 North Road Brighton, BN1 1YB United Kingdom (map)

35 North Contemporary Fine Art is delighted to present a retrospective of the work of portrait sculptor Pam Taylor ARBS. This collection of original works and artists copies in bronze and bronze resin as well as life drawings and studies, is the first public exhibition of Pam’s work since 2008. 

35 North Contemporary Fine Art is delighted to present a retrospective of the work of portrait sculptor Pam Taylor ARBS. This collection of original works and artists copies in bronze and bronze resin as well as life drawings and studies, is the first public exhibition of Pam’s work since 2008.

Trained at the Sir John Cass College (now part of London Guildhall University) Pam emerged as one of the most talented portrait sculptors of her time. One of her early portraits, Twenties Girl, demonstrated the exquisite nature of her work and a series of portrait commissions followed. These include John Thaw, Shelia Hancock and in 1987 her bronze portrait of William Shakespeare (both Shakespeare Platz, Berlin and The Globe Theatre, London).

Her 2001 sculpture depicting the historic meeting of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie was commissioned by publisher Felix Dennis and now forms part of the ‘Garden of Heroes and Villains’ at Dorsington in Warwickshire. Other public works include Pam’s delightful group of eight life-size children, Dockside Urchins, at London’s Tobacco Dock as well as life-size child figures for the Central Library, Redbridge.

Pam undertook a number of commissions for the RAF Museum including busts of Sir Douglas Bader and Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris. In 1981 the Air Gunners Association commissioned her to produce a quarter-life size figure of an Air Gunner in full flying kit, also in the RAF Museum, and this was followed by a bronze 6 foot-tall aircrew member in full flying kit for the International Air Forces Monument on Plymouth Hoe. The unveiling in September 1989 was saluted by a fly past of aircraft of three nations and attended by representatives of 18 nations.

Pam reluctantly retired from sculpture in her eightieth year and we are very grateful to her sons John and David for the opportunity to present such a significant collection of her work. 

35 North Contemporary Fine Art is located at 35 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YB in the heart of Brighton’s historic North Laine, just a short walk from Brighton Station. The gallery is open Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday from 11am – 5.30pm and by appointment at other times.

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