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George Taylor
Born 1914
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
Died January 1996 (aged 81–82)
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Nationality English
Occupation Commercial artist
Known for Pub signs

George Taylor (1914–1996) [1] was an English artist. He has prominence for his functional pub signs in a distinct hybrid modern-meets-traditional style.

Taylor trained as a signwriter in Birmingham.[2] In the 1930s he worked for a signwriting company in his native town Bromsgrove, where his commissions included designing film posters for the Rank Organisation.[1]

From 1941 to 1945, during World War II, he was sent to Cairo to work as a camouflage artist (painter).[1][3]

After the war, until his retirement in 1976, he was director of a silk-screen printing company in Surrey[Clarification needed].[1] He and his wife Sylvia then moved to Yorkshire[Clarification needed] and he painted over 100 pub signs for these businesses across that region.[1] In 1984 his family moved to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk in which area he continued work for his most frequent client,[1] the Greene King Brewery who are based there — he created more than 250 signs for Greene King pubs.[2] He was main sign artist for a period for the Wem Brewing Company based in the market town of Wem in Shropshire.[3] He died in January 1996.[1]

In 2008, his widow[2] presented Greene King with a collection of his miniature, proof, pub sign designs,[2] painted for the approval of clients before being copied as full-sized designs.[3] They were put on exhibition in the brewhouse in his new hometown.[2] In December 2011, she displayed some of his miniatures on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Antiques Roadshow to feature Bromsgrove artist". Bromsgrove Advertiser. 2011-12-08. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Pub signs of the times on show". Bury Free Press. 2008-08-11. http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/latest-news/pub-signs-of-the-times-on-show-1-412229. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Layer Marney Tower 2". 2011-12-11. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018772t. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 

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