Johnny Taylor was just ten years old when he received his first artistic commission: a weekly comic strip. He demonstrated his talent through countless graphical variations on his inspirations: art, music, film, Mad magazine, the band Kiss, and Star Wars. One thing was clear to the young American at an early age: he wanted to be an artist.
Originally from Helena, Arkansas, Taylor was drawn to Memphis, a city full of creative energy, to study Art History. His artistic career began on New Year’s Eve in 1992 with the enthusiastic resolution to produce three images every day in 1993.
This immensely productive phase lead to regular exhibitions of his works, in which Taylor explores the fleeting nature of modern urban life. His collages mix brightly coloured surfaces with graphic drawings and screen-printed elements – a continuation of his earlier cartoon style. The combination of graffiti and layered acrylic colours produces a vibrant tension in which each individual layer reveals something of the one beneath it.
Everyday sights such as window displays, logos, comics and, above all, advertising images are a rich source of inspiration for the artist. He brings them all together in his so-called “post-modern landscapes”. The main goal of art for Johnny Taylor is to reveal a new perspective on the world. This remains the focus of his work in Los Angeles, California, where he is currently based.
|1971||Born in Helena, Arkansas, USA|
|1996||Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History from University of Memphis, USA|
|2009||FLEA Store, Los Angeles, USA|
|2008||Everything in the world has changed, Yard Dog Gallery, Marfa, USA|
|2007||Twenty Seven, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis, USA|
|Arts at the Airport, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, USA|
|2006||Present Perfect, Vue Gallery, Memphis, USA|
|2005||Texas Medicine, Jay Etkin Gallery, Memphis,USA|
|2012||Urban Discovery, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, USA|
|Aerial, Jules Place, Boston, USA|
|2011||Local Color, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, USA|
|LA-Zurich, Kunstwarenhaus, Zurich, Switzerland|
|Atomic Vision, Tria Gallery, New York, USA|
|COLORS, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, USA|
|Everything But the Kitschen Sync, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, USA|
|2010||Made Out of Beautiful (Pop/UnPop), Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, USA|
|2009||Little Exaltations, Deffebach Gallery, Hudson, USA|
|2008||Art Outside 2008, Enchanted Forest, Austin, USA|
|Pop Art Now, Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, USA|