Taylor Oliver: Photo/Painting Alchemy
September 2–October 31, 2017
Artist Reception: September 7th5-7pm
Art on Barcelona is excited to present a solo exhibit, Photo/Painting Alchemy, by Santa Fe artist Taylor Oliver who describes his exhibit as the creation of abstract “paintings” from photos of everyday reality. We were introduced to Taylor’s work earlier this year in our group exhibit Across the Digital Spectrum.
"During the quarter century I lived in NYC I spent a lot of time in the museums and galleries there. I became enthralled with abstract art, painting in particular. As a painter I wished to be able to paint in the remarkable diversity of styles I had seen. Thatof course would take several lifetimes to realize. During that same time I also did quite a bit of freelance photography, mostly of theater and dance performances but also, just for fun, seeking out unusual compositions, or unusual lighting conditions, or both in daily reality.
Eventually it occurred to me that I could combine my photography and painting skills to create painterly abstract images in that unlimited variety of styles. Never changing the original composition of a photo I recolor some or all of the compositional elements, always along the tonality and play of light areas already there. That way the image is an exact duplicate of original except for the colors.
It both fascinates and amuses me to be able to create such abstract images straight from everyday reality. I hope you enjoy them."—Taylor Oliver