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Johnny Taylor

United States 1971

Painting, Drawing

Johnny Taylor
Johnny Taylor
United States
April 25, 2017
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Johnny Taylor is a Los Angeles-based artist known for his bright colored acrylic and mixed media paintings. He uses oil spray paint, screen printing, and stencils on canvas or wood to create his inimitable pieces. Taylor was born in 1971, in Helena, Arkansas and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Since an early age, he has been influenced by the American humor magazine MAD and the hard rock band KISS as well as by Star Wars. During his elementary school, Johnny used to draw countless variations of these subjects. Aged ten, he was making a comic strip for the local paper on a weekly basis.

Johnny Taylor panel print acrylic screen spray marker pop home view oil contact in 2016
Johnny Taylor – Pink Typewriters – 2013 (Left) / E Stereo, 2014 (Right)

Johnny Taylor’s Style and Inspiration

Motivated to learn how to paint and develop his own style, on New Year’s Eve of 1992 Taylor resolved to make three paintings per day for the next 365 days. His art is focused on putting acrylic, print, marker, and paint on panel and canvas. He received his BFA in Art History from the University of Memphis in 1996. Taylor’s inspirations are frequently drawn from advertising images and glyphs, as well as from graffiti, murals, hand-painted signs and graphic design, among others. Primarily painted in acrylics with screen printed and stenciled elements, Taylor’s canvases calls to mind the works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Stuart Davis, as well as the regional arts of the American South.

On New Year’s Eve of 1992 Taylor resolved to make three paintings per day for the next 365 days

Johnny Taylor pop view acrylic panel screen marker print art canvas paint 2016 2017
Johnny Taylor – The Age of Flight #15, 2015 (Left) / Sky Patrol #18, 2015 (Right)

The Influences and Exhibitions

During the studies, Johnny Taylor used to explore the works of the Renaissance fresco painters like Giotto and Masaccio, and of course Edouard Manet who was very influential on him, because his art leaves an impression as if he invented modernism. Johnny Taylor’s art has been exhibited at Azart Gallery, New York; Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA; Jules Place, Boston, MA; Parlor Gallery, Ashbury Park, NJ; La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Deffebach Gallery, Hudson, NY; Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM; and Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TN, to name a few.
He is represented by Azart Gallery in New York.

Johnny Taylor lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Featured image: Johnny Taylor working
All Images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Snarky PopArtShare Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015ICONSJules Place, Boston, MAGroup
2015Winter Group ShowAzart Gallery, New YorkGroup
2014POP MOMENTUMArtspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014InaugurationAzart Gallery, New YorkGroup
2014WonderlandJules Place, Boston, MAGroup
2013MetroGallery Seventeen, Greenville, SCGroup
2013Summer Group ShowParlor Gallery, Ashbury Park, NJGroup
2012Urban DiscoveryArtspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012AerialJules Place, Boston, MAGroup
2011Local ColorParlor Gallery, Ashbury Park, NJGroup
2011LA-ZurichKunstwarenhaus, ZurichGroup
2011Atomic VisionTria Gallery, NYCGroup
2011COLORSArtspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Everything But the Kitschen SyncLa Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Made Out Of Beautiful (Pop-UnPop)Parlor Gallery, Ashbury Park, NJGroup
2009Johnny Taylor Art Show at FLEAFLEA Store, Los Angeles, CASolo
2009Little ExaltationsDeffebach Gallery, Hudson, NYGroup
2008Everything In The World Has ChangedYard Dog Gallery, Marfa, TXGroup
2008Art Outside 2008 (AO-08)Austin Enchanted Forest, Austin, TXGroup
2008Pop Art NOWMatrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NMGroup
2007Twenty SevenJay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TNSolo
2007Arts At The Airport, FlyingNashville International AirportSolo
2006Present PerfectVüe Gallery, Memphis, TNSolo
2005Texas MedicineJay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TNSolo