Interview on the Arrest All Mimics Podcast
Jay Taylor is a contemporary artist, living and working in the U.K.
Everything I make is a fallible attempt to fully let go of any sense of control and explore the absurdity and delusional state of modern day life. My work starts with images or observations of everyday anxiety triggers, either from things I find in media or see in life. A new piece of work usually begins with a loose sketch, where I’m attempting to let go of all expectations of how something should be depicted and then drawing from gut instinct. Elements that I find important might be drawn in more details, whilst things that I don’t think hold the same weight are destroyed or removed. Then, all reference imagery is forgotten and I literally go with the flow of the paint, working entirely in a stoic-like state.
With a dialogue of self-reflection/ destruction, there is evidence of a battle of ego within the works, as pieces are finished to an expected state, then destroyed and remade numerous times. How I paint depends on the mood that day. Some days I might feel like painting something in detail, whilst the next, I may feel like crudely destroying everything that came previous. What remains is an abstract manifestation of harmonious balance. Good and bad, right and wrong, chaos and calm, existing together in a cacophony of marks that embrace the idea of whatever happens during the process, just happens.
2019, Odox Launch, Odox Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2018, In Difference, Stryx Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2017, All Art, Van Der Plass Gallery, New York, US
2015, Small Images, Big Ideas, Rhode Island School of Design, US
2014, Zeitgeist Open, Zeitgeist Projects, London
2014, Nothing Matters, Lewis Gallery, Rugby (solo exhibition)
2014, Stafford Open, Shirehall Gallery, Stafford
2013, Coventry Drawing Prize, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry.
2012, Stafford Open, Shirehall Gallery, Stafford
2011, JSR, Group Show, Gallery Soho, London.
2010, ICON 6, Pasadena, US
2010, Muk- We’re Still Alive Art Collective, London
2009, Failure- The Lab, Colorado, US
2009, Birmingham Art Fair-We’re Still Alive art collective, Birmingham
2008, New Arrivals, New Voices- Coningsby Gallery, London
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