John Taylor is an American artist. His work may appear in the form of ships, but it grows as much from Matthew Brady Civil War portraits, New England deciduous forests, and abandoned buildings in Midwestern expanses as it does from any formal aspects. He does not believe that he is the master of his direction – it is the master of him. He embraces his materials of cast-off objects, throwaways, old computer parts, and junk.
Mr. Taylor holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University. Mr. Taylor first began exhibiting 2-dimensional work in New York City in the early 1980’s. He relocated to California in the late 1980’s – the change in environment, and his outlook on the mainstream of art led him to a ten-year process of involvement in design and photographing streamline modern architecture in Los Angeles, largely abandoning formal art. While living in a vintage 1950’s one story home in Capistrano Beach, Mr. Taylor began fabricating small 19th century Western buildings from the dilapidated redwood fence that surrounded the property. From that new beginning, Mr. Taylor experienced an artistic revelation in his work, which utilized ocean vessels as the medium of expression, and incorporated a love of found objects, technology castoffs, and vintage materials. Since that time, Mr. Taylor has produced over 250 pieces, been recognized in numerous articles and exhibits, served as a speaker and visiting artist at museums and universities, and his work is now in several prestigious collections.
He works to reduce internal noise and follow the sound of a particular voice. He does not follow a program of investigation or analysis; he does not feel solely responsible or the hero of his work. He strives to reduce the noise around him, refine the mechanisms and environment that foster creative expression, and then persistently harvest what has grown around this process.
He has been featured in various museums around the country, including the Boise Museum of Art, the Henry Art Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. Notable collectors of his work include the Microsoft Corporation, Andre Agassi, and Billy Joel. He is represented by the J. Willott Gallery.