Colin Taylor was born in the East Midlands and has completed a degree in Art and Drama at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic in the mid-eighties.
In 1987 Taylor re-located to Manchester and set up an outdoor leisure company that still operates today. Taylor has thirty years' experience climbing and working in mountains in Europe, South America and Asia. Undeniably, this experience has ingrained in him inspiration and love of the landscape that is present in his work.
Following a 'Road to Damascus' moment in a Lake District cafe in the early 90's, Taylor was part of a company start-up running an indoor climbing centre in a disused church that still operates today. In 2008/09 Taylor undertook 'A Short Walk in the Big Landscape', an Arts Council funded series of nine solo exhibitions re-visiting Thomas West's eighteenth century viewing stations around the Lake District.
In 2010, Taylor was invited to undertake a year-long residency at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral which led to an exhibition of 30+ drawings that later transferred to Cologne, Germany. Taylor has had exhibitions in New York, Washington DC and in Paris.
Four years ago he began work on a series of 'Cityscapes' a project exploring the Manchester City skyline from viewpoints of the city's tallest buildings.