Philip Taylor makes paintings and mixed media artworks. By applying abstraction, Taylor creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. Simplicity, color and minimalism are elements that are always in use.
His paintings do not reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. Through experimentation, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness and echoes our own vulnerabilities.
Combining unrelated aspects leads to surprising analogies. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective, and unfiltered, are frequently revealing. “The process of making art for me is emotionally charging and spiritual.”
Mr Taylor grew up in the Mississippi river valley along the legendary highway 61 corridor in southern Minnesota as well as summering along the east cost. In the mid 1990s Taylor first became interested in abstract painting after being confronted with a Jackson Pollock work during a pivotal visit to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. He has a B.A. in Studio Art and attended classes at the Arts Students League of New York. Recently was featured on “Off 90” a PBS TV show. His art resides in many private and public collections in the US and overseas.
- Recipient of a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.
- Recipient of a Rochester Downtown Alliance grant for Art and Jazz art event
- Serves on a non profit arts organization board, C4, of Rochester, MN
- Painted a transformer box for the RDA public art program: By the Armory building Rochester MN
- South Central College of Faribault, MN purchased 6 paintings for display
- Featured artist on "Off 90" tv show on PBS Off 90 TV Show