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Andrew Taylor

Australia 1967

Abstract Art, Painting, Figurative Art, Printmaking


Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor
March 9, 2016
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

The unbearable intensity of today’s society doesn’t leave much space to chance upon and reproduce something purely beautiful. Well, it seems that Andrew Taylor managed to do so, leaving out any cynicism. His work speaks about transient and short moments, embodied through his gentle floral motifs.

Taylor’s art reminds us of our ephemeral existence and the beauty of it

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Andrew Taylor – Outside, Canestra di Frutta 09.05, images via The Cat Street Gallery

Inspired by Redon, Kiefer, Polke and David Lynch

Andrew Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia. He got his BFA at the Victorian College of the Arts, in 1987. During his artistic ripening, this painter and printmaker developed a strong fascination with Redon’s dreamlike world, Kiefer’s flora, and enigmatic Sigmar Polke. A dark touch of the Lynch-like world just adds a certain weight to his pieces, without disturbing his enthusiasm about things accessible in a new millennium.

Taylor’s art seems to remind us of our ephemeral existence and the beauty of it, by depicting images of nature – alluring but also fragile and short-winded at the same time. One can’t but admire this artist’s invested energy and his persistence in taking a break and simply reflecting – something that is completely opposite to a modern word reputation – hectic and hyperventilating with speed. Andrew keeps defending his art for not being intellectual – he rather defines it as deeply personal, coming from his heart, where only emotions rule. Even though his artistry originates from such intimate place, surely affected by different injustices of our world, Taylor insists that it has nothing to do with angst and its unbearable anguish of life.

Segretier’s surreal use of photography

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Andrew Taylor – Nocturnis 05.56, image via The Cat Street Gallery

Following the Ars Longa, Vita Brevis Philosophy

Taylor’s mothering of hope to overcome any situation feeds on a constant struggle with a burden of everyday life. That struggle is visible in his effort to encourage and cheer himself and the people who get the chance to meet his artworks – as he continues to paint the moment that is gone forever but somehow preserved in his canvas. Nice way to trick a transience of life, right? Ars longa, vita brevis – in all its glory!

Andrew’s passion for Asian art practice is very much present in his work, from the technique of printmaking and woodblock to its way of looking at things. No wonder he draws inspiration from that source- having in mind, for example, Chinese commitment to contemplation. Mastering a search for beauty and strength all around him, this painter has found a way to walk that high-wire between figurative and abstract composition, creating a color language of his own that both sides seem to understand. His vibrant pieces defy this digitalized and alienated society, refusing to give up in front of this globalized age, falsely commoditized.

This artist is represented by The Cat Street Gallery.

Andrew Taylor lives in Los Angeles, together with his wife, a famous actress Rachel Griffiths.

Artwork images copyright © artist
Andrew Taylor’s profile image copyright © Natty Solo

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014NSWOlsen Irwin Gallery SydneySolo
2013Sheng Wan, Hong KongCat Street GallerySolo
2012Outside: PeripheryHeather James Gallery, Palm DessertSolo
2012Outside: From the PepheryTim Olsen, SydneySolo
2011Platform LA, part of the Pacific Standard TimeInitiative Los AngelesSolo
2011Outside: Far AwayRebecca Hossack Gallery, New YorkSolo
2010Sheung Wan, Hong KongThe Cat Street GallerySolo
2010FreshMOCA Los Angeles, CA USAGroup
2010Beauty and the BaroqueW Hotel commission Washington DC, Curated by Chip TomGroup
2010LandscapesHeather James Fine Art, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2008Sydney NSWTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2008Nature Morte Dead NatureRohrer Fine Art Laguna Beach, CA USAGroup
2007Sydney NSWTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2005New paintingsCrossley Scott GallerySolo
2004New paintingsCrossley Scott GallerySolo
2002Recent WorkMHA Projects Los AngelesSolo
2000Recent PaintingsMetropolis Gallery, St. KildaSolo
2000Dobel Drawing Prize' (finalist)National Gallery of New South WalesGroup
1999Works in WindowsThe St. Kilda FestivalGroup
1999Artist for kids Cultural Trust AuctionGeorge Gallery, St. KildaGroup
1999Exposure (Artists portraits of Artists)Victoria University Gallery, Melbourne and at Linden Gallery, St. KildaGroup
1996Monotypes and works on paperScope Gallery, FitzroySolo
1996LoveCarlisle Lounge Motel, St. KildaGroup
1995Recent PaintingsScope Gallery, FitzroySolo
199512th Biannual Spring Festival of Drawings (Invitation)Mornington Peninsula Gallery, MorningtonGroup
1995Christmas 1995 small worksScope Gallery, FitzroyGroup
1994MonotypesAustralian Print Workshop, FitzroySolo
1994Workshop Proofs, A Survey of prints from the ArchivesAustralian Print Workshop, Doncaster Gallery, DoncasterGroup
1993Monotypes from the Garner Toullis WorkshopAustralian Print Workshop, FitzroyGroup
1992Recent PaintingsPinacotheca, RichmondSolo
1991The Sub, Ver'sive StitchMori Gallery, Leichharat NSWGroup
1991Contemporary PaintingsPinacotheca, RichmondGroup
1990Diamonds are ForeverBotanical Gallery, South YarraSolo
1990The Dominique Segan Castlemaine Drawing PrizeCastlemaine State FestivalGroup
1990Moet & Chandon Touring ExhibitionVarious locationsGroup
1989New PaintingGarry Anderson Galleries, Darlinghurst, NSWSolo
1989The Scotchman's Hill Acquisition Art AwardGeelong Art Gallery, GeelongGroup
1989Art from ElsewhereThe University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay TasmaniaGroup
1989The Murdoch FellowshipSchool Gallery, Victoria College of the Arts, MelbourneGroup
1989Australian Painting 1960 to 1989312 Lennox Street Gallery, RichmondGroup
1988New Painting312 Lennox Street Gallery, RichmondSolo
1988St. Kilda NowLinden Gallery, St. KildaGroup
1987Graduate Show at School of Fine ArtVictoria College of the Arts, MelbourneGroup
199Metropolis Opening ExhibitionMetropolis Gallery, St. KildaGroup