Sue Jane Taylor was born and brought up on the Black Isle in the Eastern Highlands of Scotland, where her ancestors have lived for centuries. She studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, The Slade School of Fine Art London and Kungliga Konsthögskolan (The Royal Institute of Art), Stockholm, Sweden.
She is well known as a contemporary visual documenter and interpreter of technology, engineering and people of the UK offshore energy sector. Over the years she has gained access to extremely remote and publicly prohibited offshore installations. In her work she raises questions about the relationship between art, environment and industry; developing my ideas about labour, industry and their retrospective place in the natural world.
She is currently based near Dornoch where she lives with her partner, Australian artist Ian Westacott, and their two sons. They run an etching studio: No 19 Cataibh studio.
“Taylor’s work is held in many public and private collections including Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, City of Edinburgh Council and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Exhibiting widely in the United Kingdom, Tasmania, mainland Australia and Scandinavia, Taylor is also the author of several publications”.
Age of Oil publication, National Museum of Scotland 2017