Pastoral Topography: The Art of Kevin E. Taylor


Hi everybody! Work, travel and transitioning to a brand spanking new computer have all conspired to keep me from my blog for nearly three weeks, and that’s just unacceptable! It’s also prevented me from posting my Weekly Art Galleries, and that’s something I miss a lot. So without any further ado, let’s check out the work of San Francisco-based artist Kevin E. Taylor.

Having grown up within the cultural climate surrounding skateboarding and punk rock in the mid eighties, Kevin E. Taylor developed a dynamic interest in art, music, and the creative process in general. Following receipt of a B.F.A. in Illustration from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 1995, he continued to explore the possibilities of artistic creation through thoughtful observation, experimentation, and improvisational technique.

PureformHis work deals largely with humankind’s relationship with the environment and its positioning as animal within a visual landscape. Throughout his work, Taylor cleverly contrasts serene pastoral topography with subjects in truly precarious situations. This contradiction creates an emotional conflict that hovers between hope and hopelessness. His complex weaving of narratives makes his on-going theme of isolation all the more stirring. His work has been described as “adventurous and darkly comic.”

While primarily a painter, Kevin has also installed/exhibited film, sound, and sculpture to accompany and animate the stillness of the two-dimensional form. His work has been shown recently to American audiences in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; as well as internationally in Japan, Italy and Sweden. Although mostly working in the visual field, Kevin also writes and performs music in various forms. He currently resides in San Francisco.

About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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6 Responses to Pastoral Topography: The Art of Kevin E. Taylor

  1. Angeline M says:

    Incredible work! Incredibly creative imagination.
    Welcome back.

  2. Paula says:

    And I have been wondering where you are Stephen 🙂 Quite a post to announce your come-back 🙂

  3. After looking at his somber art, I feel it would be an interesting experience to visit a gallery where his music was being played as background to his art. Meeting his mind in two different ways, as it were.

    • Hi Victoria … you know, that’s exactly what I was thinking. I was wondering if the two would enhance each other, or work separately, giving a sort of creative tension. He’s based here in San Francisco, and I intend to keep an eye out for future openings. It could be interesting.

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