Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Philip Taylor - Abstract Painter

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Philip Taylor

Name: Philip Taylor
City/State: Rochester MN
Email: bluehaze7054@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.philiptaylorartist.com

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 I grew up in the fertile Mississippi river valley along the legendary highway 61 corridor in southern Minnesota as well as summering along the east cost mid Atlantic region.  Went to WSU and have a B.A. in Studio Art.  Informally have intensely researched many abstract artists and their methods through volumes of portfolio studies and several hajj’s the nation’s most celebrated art museums and institutions.  
Do You Want To Fool Around?

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
My work is for the creative intellect. Chance, spontaneity, lyrical and rebellious are qualities in the work. Non-idiomatic improvisation and rhythmic motion of the unconscious are how I attack the canvas. The process of making art for me is emotionally charging and spiritual.
Right now I have paintings in LaCrosse WI store front This is the 1st time in this kind of alt space. I think it works well and looks good.

The Sixth Sense

How did you decide to become an artist?
I first became interested in art after being confronted with a Jackson Pollock work during a pivotal visit to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In high school art classes were my only reason for going most days! In college I had many different classes’ photography, clay, drawing but painting really hit me. It all came back why I fell for art in the 1st place. After college I just keep pushing my self to try new techniques in painting. After trying and failing a lot it just started working. Then art shows and some sales came. That’s when I felt like a working artist. Not always easy but I would not change a thing!
What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 

Be ready for anything. Don’t shy away from alt spaces to show your work. Plus show your work online looking professional! 

Art on Record

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?

Online has work well for me.  www.PhilipTaylorArtist.com. I was working on a postcard mailer for my “Off 90” PBS TV show last week (Episode 313) and was shocked about how much of my work I’ve sold out of state and to New York. Facebook, craigslist, mailers and shows have work well for marketing.

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? 

Charles Biederman was a MN abstract artist who work in Red Wing. I just found out about his work. Sounded like one cool cat. Would have like to have talked with him!
George Morrison  was also a MN abstract artist I liked the painting I have seen.

Down With It

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see? 
Right now my favorite place to see art is at the Mayo Clinic Rochester http://www.mayoclinic.org/ Sounds strange I know but they have a Calder mobile, many Warhol screen prints, Rauschenberg, big Miro prints and many others. I find something new each time!

In addition to www.Local-Artist-Interviews.com, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
The best places I have found is MNartists.org http://mnartists.org/ and Springboard for the Arts  http://www.springboardforthearts.org/

Philip Taylor

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

“I got a head full of ideas that are drivin’ me insane” Bob Dylan 
This is how I feel about the future!

In April (2012) I was featured on "Off 90" a KSMQ PBS TV show.  It's a bit like MNOriginal

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