Doug Taylor


Writing books exploring Toronto’s history has not been my only attempt to preserve the city’s past. In the late-1960s, I commenced sketching scenes of Toronto and transferring them onto canvas. In many instances, I painted on location, setting up an easel on the sidewalk or any spot that provided a view of the subject. I employed a similar approach when painting Ontario landscapes. In the 1970s, I left teaching for two years to paint full time. Then, requiring money, I returned to teaching and taught art for several years, as well as history.

Though self-taught, I commenced exhibiting professionally at the Ampersad Gallery on Avenue Road and the Hidden Gallery in Yorkville in the 1970s. Both of these have since closed. As well, I exhibited at a few other galleries throughout the city, including the York Woods Library Gallery and the Mississauga Central Library Gallery. I also mounted a 30-piece exhibition in the main gallery space of the Toronto Dominion Bank Building.

A quote about my art from a promotional pamphlet prepared by a Yorkville (Toronto) art gallery:

Many have compared Doug’s style to the Group of Seven. This is true only in the sense that he paints landscapes in a Canadian Impressionistic manner. Any comparison ends there. Although obviously influenced by Lauren Harris and A. Y. Jackson, Doug has developed his own method of translating the living landscape onto canvas.  The paintings are fresh and bold. He is not afraid to use raw colour, and even black, if the effect achieves the desired mood. Lines flow in obvious rhythms. Other paintings are smooth and flow effortlessly over the canvas.  

Other quotes:

“Intense Canadian landscapes”—Barney McKinley—The Toronto Sun

“Artist with tremendous potential”—Victoria Basca—curator of the Hidden Gallery, Toronto

“Autumn colours abound in Doug Taylor’s Canadian landscapes”—Jill Wright—Toronto Star


24. 18x24 massonite - 2005 Caledon Hills
Autumn Hills  18×24  acrylic on stretched canvas, painted in 2005
18. 20x24 2002 Huron Street
Huron St. houses 20” x 24” (2002)
65. 16x20 1992 Queen St. W, east of Bathurst, north side
Fruit market on Queen St. West near Bathurst (1992)
6. 16x20 -- 1989 Toronto Skyline
View of the Toronto skyline from Centre Island in 1984—16” x 20”, acrylic on stretched canvas, painted 1989
2. 16x20-- 1981 Mountain Vista
Mountain Vista – 16”x20”
4. 16x20-- 1981 Light and Shadow, Muskoka
Light and Shadow—Muskoka 16” x 20”
11. 16x20 1993 Humber Valley
Hidden Grove, Humber Valley—“16 x 20”, acrylic on stretched canvas