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Ralph Taylor, whose expertise in British art stretches from the Sixties to today, joined Bonhams after a Masters at the Courtauld and work at emerging-artist gallery Lazarides, where he is said to have helped shaped the careers of the likes of Banksy and Jonathan Yeo. Three years into his role as senior director of the post-war and contemporary department, Taylor has put Bonhams firmly on the map in a dynamic, difficult market, and enjoyed every second. ‘You need to be a hustler, be decisive and have a very thick skin,’ he explains. ‘It’s thrilling. We’re an insurgent so there’s great pleasure in every part of the company, in spite of a contemporary art market which has contracted substantially in the past 18 months.’

Ralph Taylor