PAINTERSTarleton Blackwell Cynthia Knapp Kevin Taylor
PHOTOGRAPHERSJulia Cart William Christenberry Eliot Dudik William Eggleston Walker Evans Gary Geboy Alberto Korda Jack Leigh Kendall Messick Kathleen Robbins Arthur Rothstein Anne Rowland Roberto + Osvaldo Salas Richard Sexton Jerry Siegel Ben Gately Williams Ernest Withers
SCULPTORSBill Long Rod Moorhead
Kevin Taylor explores the idea that man and nature co-exist. His oil paintings and works on paper are visual reminders that we are nature, and nature is indistinguishable from us, as are governed by its laws, vulnerable to its chaos, and shaped by its unpredictable forces.
In 2011, Taylor created a series of tribal faces entitled “PRIMAL UNION.” The series of works explores the idea that man and nature cannot survive without the other. Taylor believes that tribal communities, by choice or by circumstance, have evolved at a pace independent of modern civilizations. Therefore, the members of these communities have retained unique traditions and continue to practice a primitive lifestyle which interweaves their absolute being directly into the natural surroundings.Through gradual exodus out of the forests and into cities, humans have created a division between man and nature. The work is a reminder that we are nature, and nature is indistinguishable from us. Taylor hopes the tribal figures will spur the the viewer to think about how urban lifestyles dislocate societies from nature. An that the paintings might encourage us to remain considerate of an increasingly elusive future while making advancements in civilization with keen attention and respect to nature.
Taylor grew up in the South Carolina Low Country, exploring its receding forests, fished its sensitive waters as well as keenly observing the Gullah roots, rhythms and rituals. “This Land” is the foundry and inspiration as a visual artist, particularly in celebrating nature, earth tones and credence in the supernatural. In 1995, Taylor received a B.F.A. from The Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, as well as internationally. The artist resides in San Francisco, CA with frequent trips to Charleston.