Octagonal red vase c.1989, by Donald Taylor

 

 

Donald Taylor(1934 - 2014) | Octagonal red vase (c.1989) | ceramic | Gift of the artist, 1989.

Donald Taylor was a multi-disciplinary artist and arts worker who primarily worked across painting and printmaking. Taylor was Rockhampton Art Gallery’s first Director, and worked closely with Mayor Rex Pilbeam to build the Gallery’s collection from 1975 until 1989.  

Though not much is known about Donald Taylor’s ceramic practice, he is renowned for emulating the work of Australian modernist painters and during his Directorship created forgeries of artworks held in the Rockhampton collection, including Albert Tucker and Pro Hart. Due to the conservation requirements and highly valuable nature of these artworks, the forgeries were displayed in the Rockhampton Town Hall offices for unsuspecting Councilors.

The integration of Donald Taylor’s work into the Rockhampton Art Gallery’s collection signifies the Gallery’s unconventional formation and provides insight as to Rockhampton's anecdotal history.