Philip Taaffe, Photo by Josef Astor, 1991

Philip Taaffe

Op Art, Appropriation art

August 26, 2013

Philip Taaffe is an American contemporary artist, known for his visually exuberant, intricate work filled with elements, symbols and motifs taken from different cultures. His art celebrates man's ritualistic impulses toward image making, borrowing widely from world culture motifs like Northwest Coast Indian masks, Islamic ornamentation, and Japanese perforated screens.

Based on the artist’s belief that painting should be a synthesis of visual forces, Taaffe paintings carry different references, including Op Art, abstract artists Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg, the 1970s Pattern and Decoration movement, and 1980s appropriation art.