Robert Taylor Carson 1919-2008
Robert Taylor Carson studied at the Belfast College of Art under scholarship from the age of fourteen. His life is well documented in paint, from his early years in the Belfast College of Art to his time travelling Ireland with his young family, and abroad to the United States and Europe.
His subject matter is wide-ranging but an interest in people and their way of life is a common thread throughout his oeuvre. In the mid 1940s Taylor Carson became an unofficial war artist capturing the daily life of American troops based in Northern Ireland. This endeavour led to significant portrait commissions in the US.
Carson lived and worked in Co. Donegal for many years, spending part of each year abroad, particularly in Spain. Among his contemporaries and friends were Maurice Canning Wilks and Rowel Friers with whom he travelled and painted from counties Donegal to Kerry.
Numerous exhibitions of Taylor Carson’s work have taken place throughout Ireland and also in London, Glasgow, New York and Chicago he was also a regular contributor to the Royal Academy in London, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and the Royal Ulster Academy