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.
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. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences continual growth.
His works feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections. Combining unrelated aspects leads to surprising analogies. By questioning the concept of movement, he formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. 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.” Philip Taylor currently lives and works in Rochester.
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.