Australia 1918 – Australia 2001
egg tempera on composition board
signed and dated l.r., in purple egg tempera "HTAYLOR/1950"
40.5 (h) x 50.8 (w) cm
Gift of Esther Constable in memory of her husband Dr Roy K. Constable, Perth 1987
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
© Howard H. Taylor Estate
Howard Taylor is one of the most important Western Australian artists of the twentieth century. Trees shows a stand of naturally illuminated gums depicted in a reductive modernist manner. Taylor used the medium of egg tempera with colour carefully applied in fine lines, like coloured pencil. An intense interest in the optical experience of light and colour became a feature of Taylor’s art.