Five 21st-Century Pop Artists Take On Contemporary Culture at Artspace Warehouse
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Born in Helena, Arkansas; Johnny Taylor grew up in and around Memphis, Tennessee. Early inspirations were MAD Magazine, Star Wars, and the rock band KISS—an art/film/music troika of influences that would remain consistent. Taylor began painting as a student at the University of Memphis (BFA, Art History, 1996).
Bright colored blocks compose his acrylic and mixed media paintings. He enjoys the look and feel of loose, graffiti-like marks, text, and “noise” against these vividly hued planes. Usually he paints with layers, with each new layer showing a bit of the one beneath, either by transparency, the masking of certain areas, or by a scraping away of recent layers. Often this process yields unexpected colors and forms. His inspirations are often drawn from advertising images and glyphs, the visual shorthand of contemporary culture.
This artwork is wired and ready to hang. The sides of the artwork are painted black, and it does not require framing. A certificate of authenticity and hanging hardware are included.
2009 FLEA Store, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Everything In The World Has Changed, Yard Dog Gallery, Marfa, TX
2007 Twenty Seven, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TN
Arts At The Airport, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, TN
2006 Present Perfect, Vue Gallery, Memphis, TN
2005 Texas Medicine, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, TN
2015 Love Art Fair Toronto, Canada
2015 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
2014 Art Toronto, Canada
2013 Affordable Art Fair Seattle, WA
2013 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY
2013 POW WOW, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
2012 Urban Discovery, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
Aerial, Jules Place, Boston, MA
2011 Local Color, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
LA-Zurich, Kunstwarenhaus, Zurich, Switzerland
Atomic Vision, Tria Gallery, New York, NY
COLORS, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
Everything But the Kitschen Sync, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Made Out of Beautiful (Pop/UnPop), Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
2009 Little Exaltations, Deffebach Gallery, Hudson, NY
2008 Art Outside 2008, Enchanted Forest, Austin, TX
Pop Art Now, Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM
Carver, Jon: “Pop Art Now”, The Santa Fean, 2007
Koeppel, Fredric: “Frozen In Time: Taylor’s Pop Culture Images”, The Commercial Appeal, 2007
Kobylarz, Philip: “Texas Medicine”, Number Magazine, 2005
Koeppel, Fredric: “Burst of Maturity Pours Forth”, The Commercial Appeal, 2005
Koeppel, Fredric: “Taylor’s Expression Swims In Bright Colors, Imbued In Popular Culture”, The Commercial Appeal, 2004
Lacy, Sarah: “A Cast of Characters”, Memphis Business Journal, 1999
The City of Memphis
Commercial Bank & Trust Co.
Westime Beverly Hills
Foley & Lardner LLP
Works held in private collections in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London and Zurich
Signature: This artwork is signed by the artist on the front lower right corner.
The paintings of Los Angeles-based artist Johnny Taylor explore the visual cacophony we encounter every day without taking the time to really observe. Working in acrylic, marker, screen print, and spray paint on canvas or wood, Taylor finds inspiration in the visual detritus of the urban landscape: graffiti, murals, hand-painted signs, graphic design, vintage advertising, store displays, and package design. The resulting works call to mind Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat and the regional arts of the American South. “I paint what I see,” the artist has said. “My practice of applying layer upon layer and the subsequent masking and tearing away of those layers to reveal many previous layers is informed by the abandoned billboards peeling layers, revealing bits of images that came before, scraps of its history visible all at once.”
American, b. 1971