Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Spring 2018 John W. Taylor
New Orleans, LA
John Wilfred Taylor is an artist based in New Orleans. Taylor’s creative work is inspired by the natural environment, in particular the plants and animals of the wetlands, where he spent most of his time as a child and continues to study and photograph. He carves and paints found wood and also photographs the environments where he finds his materials. Taylor has exhibited his work at Antenna Gallery (2017), National Wildlife Federation (2015), and Global Green (2012), and given talks at A Studio in the Woods, the Sanctuary Arts Center, New York University Bayou Talk, National Wildlife Federation, Lake Pontchartrain Foundation, among other venues.
“The materials that I use, mostly driftwood, come from the swamps and wetlands that I walk through every day. Driftwood often has its own unique form that has been shaped by the water, so I help the wood express itself and let the beauty that is already there present itself… I am somewhat of an environmentalist, and I hope that if people see beauty in my art, which is derived from the natural environment, that they will find beauty not only in my art but in the place from which it comes.”
She African, 2014, river driftwood, 44 x 3 inches
Reaching for the Rose of Life, 2017, river driftwood, 44 x 3 inches
Reaching for the Rose of Life (detail), 2017, river driftwood, 44 x 3 inches
Fishing on the Canal, 2015, color photograph, 24 x 36 x 24 inches
All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.