Tot Taylor is a writer, composer and art curator. Born in Cambridge, he lives in London.
Tot is interested in creativity and aesthetics ‘at genius level’. He believes that everyone has the potential to achieve greatness and that if our education system put that thought into our minds as infants we would all feel a lot better about our lives. By being ‘creative’ in general we are simply being ‘more human’. But he believes that only very few people, perhaps a handful throughout all history, deserve the epithet ‘genius’.
Dubious about the elevated status of the creative arts in general, he thinks it can be just as meaningful to grow flowers properly, care for someone properly or clean the kitchen properly as it is to play Hamlet, write a novel or compose a symphony.
Tot has occupied his time writing words, writing music and as co-founder of Riflemaker Gallery in London curating art exhibitions.
His music activities include the score for the National Theatre’s eight-hour production of ‘Picasso’s Women’ as well as numerous theatre and film soundtracks and record productions. He has also curated art exhibitions worldwideas well as at Riflemaker in London. Recent exhibitions include the American feminist pioneer Judy Chicago (also at Tate Modern in 'The World Goes Pop’ and The Beat Generation at The Pompidou Center, Paris).
For the past fifteen years Tot Taylor has been working on his debut novel The Story of John Nightly.