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TAYLOR, Jocelyn

Toronto, Ontario, 1899
, 1992
Biography synopsis
Jocelyn Taylor was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1899. She studied art at the Central Technical School of Toronto from 1915-1918, at the Ontario College of Art from 1918-1919, and at the Art Students' League in New York City under George Bridgman from 1929-1932. Taylor married Roy Mitchell in 1926. Her career included working in set design for the Hart House theater in Toronto from 1919-1921 and 1924-1925; she also taught in the Department of Dramatic Art at New York University from 1930-1944, and later at the Central Technical School from 1946-1964. Taylor exhibited intermittently with the Royal Canadian Academy from 1949 to 1964, with the Ontario Society of Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Her work was also shown at the International Salon in Vichy, France in 1961. The artist often traveled to paint at various sites including Haliburton and Georgian Bay in Ontario, Gaspé and Saguenay in Quebec, as well as the Maritimes and New Mexico. Her preferred media included oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache and ink.
Media used
Mural painting and decoration
Oil painting
Pen and Ink
Theatre design
Toronto Technical Schools, 1915 - 1918
Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario School of Art), 1918 - 1919
Art Students' League, New York, 1929 - 1932 (under George Bridgman)
File & Archive locations
Vancouver Public Library, BC - Fine Arts and History Department
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
London Public Library, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Toronto Reference Library, ON
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
Museum of Modern Art, NY
York University, ON - Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections

Writings about
"Alice Peck Gallery: Jocelyn Taylor R.C.A." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 7 May 1977: 36
"Art Calendar." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 23 Jul. 1977: 31
"Art Calendar." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 16 Jul. 1977: 28
"Art Calendar." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 2 Jul. 1977: 30
"Art Calendar." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 9 Apr. 1977: 24
"Art Calendar." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 17 May 1980: E9
"Art Calendar." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 10 May 1980: E13
"Art Calendar." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 3 May 1980: E13
"Art Calendar." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 28 Jan. 1978: P35
"Jocelyn Taylor: A Retrospective Exhibition; RM Gallery." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 3 Nov. 1979: 9
"RM Gallery; Jocelyn Taylor & Frances Carr." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 17 Oct. 1981: 12
"RM Gallery; Jocelyn Taylor." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 28 Jan. 1978: 37
"Social and Personal Notes." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 18 Mar. 1950: 14
"Social and Personal Notes." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 14 Jan. 1953: 10
"The Alice Peck Gallery; Gery Puley and Jocelyn Taylor." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 19 May 1979: 43
"Wednesday Open Night (Demonstration of Watercolour Technique by Jocelyn Taylor)." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 29 Feb. 1956: 8
American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art, 1935. Washington, D.C.: R.R. Bowker, 1935
Cherry, Zena. "Watercolour Artists Celebrate 60th Year." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 21 Jun. 1986: A27
Hare, Irene B. "Close-ups of Toronto's Women Artists - #9 - Jocelyn Taylor." Sunday World (Toronto) 20 Jul. 1924
Johnson, Audrey St. D. "Representative Canadian Watercolors in Impressive Art Gallery Exhibition." Victoria Daily Times Dec. 1950
McCarthy, Pearl. "Glittering Affair: Heliconians Turn Gypsy for Dinner." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 19 Dec. 1955: 13
McCarthy, Pearl. "Western Ontario Displays its Art at London Show." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 10 May 1954: 11
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979 Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981
Ontario Library Review. Who's Who in Ontario Art. Toronto: Ontario Library Review, 1951
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985
Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001

Writings by
Mitchell, Roy, Illustrated by Jocelyn Taylor. Creative Theatre. New York: John Day Co., 1929
Mitchell, Roy, Illustrated by Jocelyn Taylor. The School Theatre: A Handbook of Theory and Practice. Toronto: National Council of Education, 1925

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