David Taylor

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts takes great pleasure in showcasing new paintings by Manawatu artist and tutor David Taylor. Known for his abstract works based on natural and man-made features, David continues to explore the patterns, layers and relationships of land, water and sky. He writes: “In previous exhibitions my work had evolved around the idea of a transient landscape caused by the underlying forces that change the geological structure of landforms. The work in this exhibition is based on the ephemeral elements of landscape such as light, cloud and water rather than those underlying forces. The idea of creating a substantial image from cloud, water and light that are constantly changing and essentially insubstantial has posed the same sort of approach as abstraction. Consequently the work has changed and moved away from the original source in an attempt to capture an ‘idea of transience’.” The artist notes: “It is interesting that a particular light or atmosphere that was momentary will stay for so long in thought and memory and return with ‘reverie!”

“Reverie – New Artworks by David Taylor will open on Friday 4th October with a reception to honour the artist from 5 – 7pm at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North. The exhibition will continue through 30th October.

David Taylor, an Englishman by birth, completed a degree in Fine Art at Newport College in 1977 and then did a Post Graduate course in teaching art at Middlesex in London. He had exhibitions throughout the UK including Blackheath Gallery, London and also in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1980. A teaching exchange at Piopio College in the King Country in 1986 led to his permanent relocation to New Zealand the next year. David has won numerous awards over the years including the JP Morgan Art Award in 1987 and 1990; the Telecom Art Award in 1995; the 1998 Manawatu Community Art Award; 2005 Feilding and District Art Award and in that same year, the Mainland Art Award (Otago).

Taylor’s abstracts have featured in the following selected exhibitions: Between Tides (1996) and Picturing Our Place (1999) both at Te Manawa; Land, Sea, Sky (2001), (2004) and New Work (2007) all at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. David’s works has also appeared at Statements Gallery (2004); Thermostat Gallery (2006); Mangaweka Gallery (2007) and at Space Gallery, Wanganui (2015). David’s previous exhibition at TJFA was his solo show, Under the Sky (2016); in 2018 his exhibition Landcycle was shown at Fine Arts Gallery, Whanganui. In the interim years the artist has shown at Emerge Gallery (Wellington); Flagstaff Gallery (Auckland); Seachelle Gallery (Nelson); Wine Country Gallery (Havelock North); Rona Gallery (Eastbourne) and at Heritage Gallery (Cambridge). David Taylor’s abstract expressionist paintings and his new watercolours exhibited for the first time in this current show can always be found at Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts. David teaches art at Feilding High School where he has been on the staff since 1987; he and artist wife Ruth live in Halcombe.

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