STUDIO 618 FEATURED ARTIST: TAYLOR ANNE SMITH

 Imagine diligently working on a piece of art, then accidentally spilling a bottle of wine which splatters and permanently stains the canvas.  That’s exactly what happened to Taylor Smith, whose reaction was one of delight – not despair – as she realized the wine added a beautiful, unique dimension to her painting.  Since that serendipitous event, Taylor has used a wine chemical theme in various paintings, many of which have been collected, displayed and featured by famous Napa Valley wineries.

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Chemical Abstract #10: 20×20″ Acrylic, Charcoal & Wine on Canvas

Travel experiences in Germany and Asia inspired some of Taylor’s artistic style and choice of media. After attending Indiana University, Taylor continued studying art in Germany, where she lived and worked for about 5 years.  During this time, she was privileged to meet and work briefly with a few well-known artists, including Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, and to work on several large-scale murals in Berlin before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 Ms. Smith loves to work with metallic pigments, particularly gold, which she uses to highlight the “rich golden light and wild flowers” of Thailand that inspired her abstract landscape pieces―“a very distinct series of work” created to be both calming and mysterious.

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The texture and detail in Taylor’s art is intended to draw people in, encouraging them to contemplate art and to draw their own conclusions as they experience the feeling and vision she hopes to share in each piece.

Taylor’s interest in art was likely established early in life, influenced by her mother, who is also an artist.   Other artists she admires include abstract expressionist painter, Jackson Pollock (well-known for his unique style of drip painting); American pop artist, Andy Warhol; famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, and artist/social activist Keith Haring.  While she initially tended to adopt the style of the artists she admired early in her artistic journey, she eventually developed her own distinct and recognizable style by integrating her varied natural interests in chemistry, mathematics and photography into her art.  These interests are vividly portrayed in her Chemical Still Life series, which starkly pairs science and art.  In a recent interview, Taylor commented, “I think combining interests outside the art world with your art offers the best insight into any artist’s personality.  It feels much more authentic.”

 Over the years, Taylor has had many careers; but her “need to create finally became greater than everything else.”  She notes, “…it is always a struggle to walk the line of impassioned creativity with the need to earn a living.  Some of us get very lucky.”

Taylor currently resides in her home state of Indiana, and works from her Indianapolis studio located in the historic Stutz Building, formerly a pre-WWI car factory.  Ms. Smith enjoys the old casement windows and concrete columns and floors of the 100-year-old repurposed creative space.  Visitors frequently comment that her studio has a “wonderful attraction and feel to it.”  Taylor’s studio will be open to the public during the Stutz Artists Open House on April 26th-27th.  (For tickets and general information, visit http://www.stutzartists.com/openhouse.html)

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Chaos & Hope  (left) and  Epic Melody (right): 36×48″ Oil Acrylic on Canvas – hanging in main workspace 

Taylor’s artwork can be viewed while on display at Studio 618, and online at www.AbstractModern.com [her primary website].   To contact Ms. Smith, purchase paintings, or follow the arts: