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 Councillors.

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.

Early Years Interpretation 

Donald Taylor was an artist based in Rockhampton who worked with a variety of materials including ceramics.

This artwork is called Octagonal Red Vase (c.1989) and has a shiny surface which reflects light.