The sculptor Brian Taylor, who has died of liver cancer aged 77, was particularly fascinated by the study of human and animal forms. In 1956, when he was a student at the Slade School of Art in London, he produced a life-size portrait of Cissie, a closely observed head of his mother. Seen with her hair in curlers, Cissie is portrayed with frank, clear eyed affection. And over half Century later, Taylor was still energetically engaged in modelling heads of his wife, Michele, their daughter, Belle, and his mother in law Beverly.
A Fellow member of both the Royal Society of British Sculptors and the Society of Portrait Sculptors, becoming Vice Principal of the latter in 2010.
From 1954-58 he studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, winning first prize for painting in 1954, two first prizes for sculpture in 1956 and second prize for composition also in 1956.
Henry Moore commended Taylor’s work when acting as visiting tutor at the Slade.
He was awarded the Scholarship for the Slade Post-Graduate year from1957-8.
Finally winning the Rome Scholarship in 1958, after which he was to spend five transformative years in Rome.
The architect Sir Richard Rogers, friends with Taylor as a young man quotes,” Brian Taylor was by far the most talented student at The Slade”