Sue Jane Taylor is no stranger to extreme working environments. She has worked for over thirty years recording the lives of workers in the North Sea oil industry on sites such as Piper Alpha, Piper B, Forties platforms and recently Murchison in the Northern Seas. Her work extends to the offshore renewable energy industry where she has followed for example Beatrice prototypes, deep water offshore wind turbines, from fabrication to offshore installation.
Throughout her career she has collaborated with internationally known artists on public projects such as composer James MacMillan and poet Aonghas MacNeacail. Education programmes are important to her where she passes on her skills and knowledge to young and old emphasising that visual art is still an important method of documentation in this ever-changing world.
Sue Jane Taylor graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, the Slade School of Fine Art, London and Konsthogskolan, Stockholm. She is a Glenfiddich Living Scotland Award recipient and she has exhibited, carried out public commissions and held artist-residencies nationally and internationally; Pier Arts Centre Orkney Isles, South Bank London, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, New England Museum, NSW, Australia and Grafiska Sallskapit Galleri Stockholm. She is the author of six books.
“She is an artist in thrall to the ingenious, raw beauty of these structures, but one who is also keenly aware of the equally exciting visuals provided by the continual energy of the wind and sea.” Giles Sutherland Scottish art critic, “The Times”.