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Octagon Theatre Exhibition
Bolton Evening News, February 1987
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DURING THE RUN of "West Side Story", Bolton's Octagon Theatre has mounted an exhibition featuring "Romeo and Juliet", on which Bernstein's New York musical is based.

The pictures are by Bolton Artist Francoise Taylor whose imaginative power has often been called into use as a book illustrator. The exhibition of three dozen pictures includes scenes from "Alice in Wonderland" and street scenes from a recent trip she made with husband Kenneth to Venice.

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Unusual Vision of Greece
Bolton Evening News, February 1963
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A THREE-WEEKS HOLIDAY in Greece has its productive result in the Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, where an exhibition of the paintings of the Bolton Artist, Francoise Taylor, can now be seen. Mrs Taylor has added her own vision to the Hellenic scene and has crystallised the fleeting moment in oil paint rather than the water colours with which she is usually associated.

Most of the paintings are of street scenes. There is hardly anyone about in most of the streets, but nevertheless one has the feeling that there is someone just around the corner – and not necessarily someone one would wish to meet.

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Watercolours' charm stays
Daily Telegraph, February 1963
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ALTHOUGH IT IS THE OILS which constitute a breaking of fresh ground in the work of Francoise Taylor, the familiar watercolours (which have changed little over the years) in her exhibition at the Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, continue to exert their special feminine charm. The exhibition continues until Feb. 23.

There is, for all their occasional excursions into a kind of Baroque exuberance, a firmness of construction about the watercolours which is not so clearly defined in the oils. They are all peculiarly personal visions, not all too well drawn yet capable of beguiling us into accepting such things as an industrial street so shorn of its grimness that it very nearly becomes a festive scene.

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Francoise Taylor's Exhibition in Manchester
Guardian, February 1963
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WE THINK of Francoise Taylor as a maker of line and wash drawings which are notable for their poetry and their decorative qualities. It is therefore surprising to find that in her current show at the Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, she is beginning to work in the richer medium of oil paint. True, half of the work shown is precisely of the kind which we have come to expect, fairy-tale line drawings patchworked in blue and brown; paper songs of industrial towns purged of all squalor; streets where the walkers dream and the buildings lean in an even external moonlight.

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Exhibition, Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester
Bolton Evening News, June 1961
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AN EXHIBITION of the paintings of Bolton Artist, Francoise Taylor, at the Tib Lane Gallery, Manchester, opened today. As one descends the steps of the gallery one is confronted by 17 pictures in gouache, which betray a restless, nervous energy schooled into an economy which reminds one, faintly perhaps, of the German Expressionist school.

Mrs Taylor's world is a fantastic one. In this exhibition at least, she is preoccupied with the vertical lines of trees, drawn with a scribbly technique out of which a pleasing solidity grows and in spite of the looseness of the drawing, each picture exudes a tension which almost persuades one that something lurks behind each trunk, behind each mass of tortured vegetation.

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The designs of Francoise Taylor
Daily Dispatch, March 1953
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THE DESIGNS of Francoise Taylor are notably among the things which give to Bolton Little Theatre's production of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" its special character. Apart from the very attractive proscenium, however, they are subdued in tone, monochromes in fact and serve as unobtrusive but appropriate backgrounds to the rapidly succeeding scenes. In order to sustain this continuity there has been successful co-operation between Mrs Taylor and the lighting staff in what, for the Little Theatre, is an experiment. The scenes are not set in the ordinary way, but projected on to the cyclorama. This has not been easy either for the artist or projectionist, for the scenes have had to be painted most carefully in miniature on small slides, and the projection to be done at the right angle. To obtain satisfactory focus much skill both in the preparation and in the showing of the slides has been necessary. The gain in time of presentation has justified all this preliminary work.

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Football in the Art Galleries
Daily Dispatch, March 1953
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FOOTBALL IS FINDING ITS WAY into the art galleries. Liege-born FRANCOISE TAYLOR has found Bolton (of all places) a fascinating town for the artist, and in her show at Salford has a scene from Burnden Park.

Mrs Taylor, 32 years old and with a reputation in Belgium for book illustrations, has no illusions about her adopted home town.

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Exposition Françoise Taylor
Bolton Evening News, March 1953
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EACH MONTH Salford City Art Gallery customarily features a one-man show. This month it happens to be a one-woman show, and a show of special interest to Bolton, for the pictures are of Bolton and its people as seen by Francoise Taylor, who, Belgian by birth, has lived here since her marriage. There have, of course, been earlier opportunities of seeing representative selections of Mrs Taylor's work. Exhibitions have been held in Bolton and have aroused much interest. One of her pictures was recently bought by Manchester City Art Gallery for its permanent collection.

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Francoise Taylor
Bolton Evening News, c.1950
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FRANCOISE TAYLOR is of Belgian birth and was educated in Brussels. Marriage brought her to Bolton, where she now lives. But the rather grim atmosphere of industrial Lancashire has not daunted her; on the contrary, it is evident that her sensibility is exited by the mills, the gasworks, the back streets, the football matches, the railway stations and the people. An exhibition of her works – nine watercolours, eight etchings, and one lithograph – opens today at the Salford Art Gallery.

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Francoise Taylor
Bolton Evening News, c.1950
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"FRANCOISE TAYLOR, of Bolton, with her Gross-like watercolours, makes the one attractive novelty in the show." This is a reference in the "Manchester Guardian" to a child-portrait, "Bimbo", at present on view in the Arts Council Exhibition in the Technical College, Crewe, "Pictures of To-day, by Artists from the North-west".

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