Meet the artist who uses 'British' humour to win over French

Artist Perry Taylor’s gentle ‘British’ humour has the French laughing at themselves.
Artist Perry Taylor’s gentle ‘British’ humour has the French laughing at themselves.

Artist Perry Taylor’s gentle ‘British’ humour has the French laughing at themselves. Connexion talks to him about his new book, and why inspiration can be so easy to find...

Perry Taylor, who draws for Connexion, has just published his fourth book, Planète Gascogne. His humorous and affectionate drawings of life in Gascony – and his “very British humour” has captured the hearts of the local population: the local tourist office, supermarkets and wine producers have asked him to draw for them. He holds exhibitions across the region which are very popular.

So, how did it all begin?

'Vol'ail' by Perry Taylor
'Vol'ail' by Perry Taylor

I was in the advertising business for around 25 years in London and Holland and I was pretty much burnt out. When my wife Caroline and I moved to Puydarrieux, Hautes-Pyrénées, in 2004 it was just good therapy for me to go out with my pen and sketch pad. I have always drawn. When I was eight or 10, I had lessons with an art teacher and later went to art college.

I think selling my work in France really started when we were invited to our neighbours who have black Gascon pigs and chickens and a vineyard and we went to help pick the grapes. There were four generations working together. There was lots of chat and at the end there was this beautiful spread under the trees with food from their farm – it was just one of ...

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