Imogen Taylor

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Imogen Taylor, Sapphic Fragments, Installation view, Hocken Collections, Dunedin, 2020

Imogen Taylor, Apricot Burgundy, 2018, acrylic on hessian, 510 x 610mm

Imogen Taylor, Shit Guitarist, 2018, acrylic on hessian, 755 x 655mm (framed)

Imogen Taylor, Pocket Histories, Installation view, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 2018

Imogen Taylor, Pillow Biter, 2015, acrylic and rope on collaged hessian, 2300 x 1900mm

Imogen Taylor, Beast With Two Backs, 2015, acrylic and rope on collaged hessian, 1900 x 2300mm

Imogen Taylor, BODY LANGUAGE, Installation view, Artspace, 2015

Imogen Taylor, Jug by the Sea, 2015, oil on hessian, 635 x 535mm (framed)

Imogen Taylor, Cold Tongue, 2014, acrylic on hessian, 1600 x 1300mm

Imogen Taylor, Glory Hole, Installation view, 2014

Imogen Taylor, Loose Ends, 2013, acrylic on hessian, 400 x 350mm

Imogen Taylor, Kramer, 2012, string and acrylic on canvas, 500 x 400mm

Imogen Taylor, Balls Deep, Installation view, 2012

Imogen Taylor, Apricot Burgundy, 2018, acrylic on hessian, 510 x 610mm

Imogen Taylor, Pocket Histories, Installation view, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 2018

Imogen Taylor, Beast With Two Backs, 2015, acrylic and rope on collaged hessian, 1900 x 2300mm

Imogen Taylor, Jug by the Sea, 2015, oil on hessian, 635 x 535mm (framed)

Imogen Taylor, Glory Hole, Installation view, 2014

Imogen Taylor, Kramer, 2012, string and acrylic on canvas, 500 x 400mm

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Born 1985, Whangarei (NZ). Lives and works in Auckland (NZ)

Imogen Taylor is known for creating geometrical abstractions that engage and play with the forms and legacies of European Modernism. Though Taylor draws from the abstracted forms and coloured juxtapositions of Cubism, Fauvism, and Russian Constructivism, her paintings are stripped of the masculine self-seriousness that saturates the source material. Instead, in their vibrant interplay of thickly applied colour and contrasts between imposing parallel lines and soft curves, the work is joyful, sincere, and pleasurable.

Taylor graduated in 2007 from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and in 2010 gained a Post-Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts. Significant solo exhibitions include: Sapphic Fragments, Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, Dunedin (2020);  Pocket Histories, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland (2018); Social Studies, the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt (2019) and BODY LANGUAGE, Artspace, Auckland (2015). In 2019 Taylor was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship and in 2017 she was artist in residence at McCahon house.

 
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Imogen Taylor, Sapphic Fragments, Installation view, Hocken Collections, Dunedin, 2020

Imogen Taylor, Apricot Burgundy, 2018, acrylic on hessian, 510 x 610mm

Imogen Taylor, Shit Guitarist, 2018, acrylic on hessian, 755 x 655mm (framed)

Imogen Taylor, Pocket Histories, Installation view, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 2018

Imogen Taylor, Pillow Biter, 2015, acrylic and rope on collaged hessian, 2300 x 1900mm

Imogen Taylor, Beast With Two Backs, 2015, acrylic and rope on collaged hessian, 1900 x 2300mm

Imogen Taylor, BODY LANGUAGE, Installation view, Artspace, 2015

Imogen Taylor, Jug by the Sea, 2015, oil on hessian, 635 x 535mm (framed)

Imogen Taylor, Cold Tongue, 2014, acrylic on hessian, 1600 x 1300mm

Imogen Taylor, Glory Hole, Installation view, 2014

Imogen Taylor, Loose Ends, 2013, acrylic on hessian, 400 x 350mm

Imogen Taylor, Kramer, 2012, string and acrylic on canvas, 500 x 400mm

Imogen Taylor, Balls Deep, Installation view, 2012