Ross Taylor’s practice considers the evocations and resonances of interior and exterior spaces through carefully composed images. Motifs of the ancient and the everyday are woven and spliced into layered and colour drenched works from which to decipher a personal narrative and probe the very nature of recollection and memorialising.
Taylor’s use of bold colour and disjointed perspective aims to visualise the way disparate images coalesce in our minds to form memories. Imagery taken from sketches and photographs are stitched together as a ‘fragmented’ narrative which charts a continuum of experience and a celebration of place.
Ross Taylor is based in the Macedon Ranges, Central Victoria. In 2003–04 he received a mentorship at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich, Germany. In 2005 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK). Since 2005, Taylor has regularly exhibited in public and commercial galleries in Australia, UK, Germany, Japan and the USA. His most recent solo and group shows were held at Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe University, Australia. His works are held in public and private collections in Australia and the UK. He has been a finalist in art awards including the John Leslie, Paul Guest and Sunshine Coast prize and has received travel grants, commissions and residency funding from the Arts Council. He has held artist residencies at Globe Gallery, England and Art Space Tetra, Japan. His work has been represented in numerous publications such as The Age, Art Collector, Vault magazine and ArtsHub.
NORTHERN ROMANTICNorthern Romantic marks a number of departures and returns for Ross Taylor. This series of ten paintings presents a stylistic shift in Taylor’s work, made more apparent by a transition in medium from drawing to painting. It is also the first solo exhibition Taylor has dedicated to the landscape, with previous solo exhibitions including a combination of landscape exteriors and fractured architectural interiors, painstakingly rendered in pencil on paper. Working with acrylic paint demands a certain pace, one that for Taylor seems to elicit an energetic quality verging on the hallucinogenic. An energy, not merely defined by tempo, or rate of application, but a certain kind of intensity just beyond control, yet with an overall air of soothing calm. A kind of peace in letting go. Northern Romantic presents a group of paintings that vibrate with vivid luminosity. - excerpt from catalogue essay by Travis Curtin (2021)
ROSS TAYLOR SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN THE LEN FOX PAINTING PRIZE
Ross Taylor has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2022 Len Fox Painting Prize, a $50,000 acquisitive painting prize awarded to a living Australian artist to commemorate the life and work of Emanuel Phillips Fox.
Works by Taylor and other shortlisted artists are on display at Castlemaine Art Museum until 13 June 2022.
Image: Ross Taylor, The one's we couldn't be, 2021
ROSS TAYLOR SHORTLISTED IN THE 2021 SOVEREIGN ASIAN ART PRIZE
Taylor's Ember, 2021 a landscape of Central Victoria, is painted from different viewpoints, capturing the forces that have shaped it through time and the way in which our memories are formed.
Read about the artist and his work in an interview ahead of the winner announcement. Voting is open online until 23 May 2021.
Image: Ross Taylor, Ember, 2021
ROSS TAYLOR AT THE AGA KHAN CENTRE
Ross Taylor is included in Making Paradise at the AGA Khan Centre, London.
This collaborative project invites us to explore concepts of Eden through Art and Islamic garden design. The exhibition includes the work of artists Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh, Veeda Ahmed, Mohammad Barrangi, Jung Byun, Clare Celeste Boersch, Jethro Buck, Rachel Dein, Yasmin Hayat, Sharmina Haq, Zarah Hussain, Jane Lee McCracken, Karen Nicol, Olga Prinku, Geoff Sample, Shorsh Saleh, Soraya Syed and Ross Taylor.
The exhibition is on display until 30 September 2021.
Image: Ross Taylor, Dance, sparkle and flow, 2021 (detail)
ROSS TAYLOR AT AGA KHAN CENTRE
Works by Ross Taylor will be included in the forthcoming Making Paradise exhibition at the AGA Khan Centre in London. The exhibition explores the concept of Eden through art and Islamic garden design.
Taylor's next solo exhibition at the gallery will open in June 2021. To join our waiting list, please contact the gallery.
Image: Ross Taylor, The wait, 2020
ROSS TAYLOR INTERVIEWED ON CONTEMPORARY ART COLLECTORS
Ross Taylor was recently interviewed on Contemporary Art Collectors.
About his work, Taylor says: 'I reference a mixed bag of imagery, from childhood holiday spots, domestic scenes and the natural world, playfully interrogating notions of my own personal history and memory. From one work to the next, the composition is morphing, shifting, self-referencing and abstracting, all according to the process of remembering. I suppose my aim for the viewer is to draw upon the complexity of the image as a critical expression of recalling an experience.'
Taylors next solo exhibition will open at the gallery in June 2021. To request a preview, please contact the gallery.
Image: Ross Taylor, Sonic fruits, 2020
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