Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

About Diana Taylor

Working with a multi-disciplinary practice, across painting, printing, needlework, weaving, collage and 3D scanning, I converge historical references from analogue and digital archives: assembling, layering, painting and un-painting. My work addresses the lingering presence of the past within the present, examining constructs of our contemporary condition as punctuated by anachronism, contradiction and multi-temporality.
The merging of English and Greek-Cypriot cultures of my genealogical background has, undoubtedly, shaped my assemblage based approach. Reproductions from books on prehistoric Britain, Ancient Greece and Rome, Baroque ornament, the arts and crafts movement float amongst the vestiges of Modernist and contemporary motifs, digital clip art and analogue stock imagery from printers’ catalogues.
These images and processes are linked by my pre-occupation with loss, redundancy and the ruin in visual culture, with an emphasis on the collapsing of hierarchies. Screen-printing, photocopiers and analogue projectors are used as much for their visual qualities as for their inherent ability to produce failures. The reproduced image is once again scanned, photocopied and digitally edited and so subjected to a kind of entropy, highlighting the contradictions and failures of our times.

I subvert the intention and precision of 3D scanning media, taking the data into 2D rather than printing the object, thereby pushing the technology back to haptic materiality; returning to the hand in a post-digital age.
I'm interested in what is at stake with painting, shifting between fragmentation and states of completion. Images are deleted, layered and obscured, producing palimpsests; the image itself becomes a ruin.


2017-21 Practice based PhD researcher, in collaboration with the William Morris Gallery, London; Sheffield Hallam University.
2008-10 M.F.A: Painting. Slade School of Fine Art, London.
2002-03 P.G.C.E Art & Design, Institute of Education,
1996-99 B.A.(Hons) Fine Art: Painting. Bath Spa Uni. College



2019/20 Contemporary British Painting Prize
2018 CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Artist in Residence (April and September)
2015 Factory floor residency, ‘Love is Enough’, Morris & Warhol, curated by Jeremy Deller, Modern Art Oxford
2015 Shortlisted for the Converse X Dazed Emerging Artist Award
2012 CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Artist in Residence
2011 East London Printmakers, Artist in Residence
2011 Abbey Scholarship in Painting, The British School at Rome, Italy
Rosa Lee Travel Award, Abbey Awards, Italy
2010 Graduate Printmaking Prize Winner, Jealous Print Studios


Solo Exhibitions

2018-9 Can We Hold on? Centre of Contemporary Art, Mallorca, Spain
2014 Wonders of the System, CCA, Mallorca, Spain
2011 Alpha Beta, R O O M, London, UK
2010 Climbing, Falling, Intervention Gallery, London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Yesterday, Today and Forever, artseen contemporary, Nicosia, Cyprus
2019 -2020 Contemporary British Painting Prize, Huddersfield Art Gallery and ASC Gallery, London
2019 Attempts to Escape, Artseen Contemporary, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Re-Assemble, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London.
2018 Wells Art Contemporary, Somerset
2017/8 Like the Lines of a Hand, Paper Gallery, Manchester & Centre for Recent Drawing, London 2017 Threads, The Centre for Recent Drawing, London
2016 Part 5, & An Interlude, LM06 Project space, Dalston, London
2015 Screen, Turps Gallery, London
Collaborators 4, ROOM, London
2013 Carousel, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
2012 Ex-Roma III, APT Gallery, London, UK
Collaborators 3, ROOM, London, UK
The Open West, Gloucester, UK
2011 The Northern Print Biennale, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK
Two Peacocks, Gallery North, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK
Re-Make, Re-Model, Chelsea Future Space, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London, UK