The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art for over forty years. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s premier painters of aviation subjects, and one the most widely collected artist in the genre.

Robert’s aviation paintings are instantly recognisable. He somehow managed to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. Due to prodigious research and attention to detail, he was able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed realism that few other artists manage to achieve. Not for him were shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trademark, flying machines are battle-scarred, with chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings and paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real!

Robert’s works have drawn crowds in the international arena since the early 1980s. He has exhibited throughout the US and Canada, Australia, Japan and in Europe and his one-man exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC is hailed as the most popular art exhibition ever held there. His paintings hang in many of the world’s great aviation museums, adorn boardrooms, offices and homes, and his limited edition prints are avidly collected all around the world.

The aviation paintings of Robert Taylor have helped popularise a genre which at the start of his remarkable career had little recognition in the world of fine art, and for many years his work was the benchmark by which others in this field set their standards.

Sadly Robert passed away after a short illness at the start of 2024 but he has left a remarkable legacy with a body of work that is unlikely to be surpassed.

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