The Color of Joy Exhibit 2… the rest of the story

April 17, 2014
"The Joy of Color" painting, nestled between sculptures at Osmosis Gallery,  Acrylic on wood panel, 3/4" deep sides painted, 8" x 10"

“The Joy of Color” painting, nestled between sculptures at Osmosis Gallery, Acrylic on wood panel, 3/4″ deep sides painted, 8″ x 10″, click for larger view

"Color of Joy", acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014

“The Joy of Color”, acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014, click all images for larger views

I was excited to see how Osmosis Gallery owner Anne Olson Postle rearranged all the art, jewelry and sculptures for this April show where she allowed me to be Featured Artist. Hanging art is an art in itself! Here are the rest of the paintings and one more art quilt which made up the rest of the exhibit.

"Orange Reverie", Acrylic, 30" x 40", sides painted, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014

“Orange Reverie”, Acrylic, 30″ x 40″, sides painted, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014

“Orange Reverie” is one of the larger paintings at the exhibit. It’s right by the front door as you enter Osmosis. Nice lighting.

Living by Water, Acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 24" x 24", framed

Living by Water, Acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 24″ x 24″, framed

“Living by Water” has generated some recent discussion as to whether this painting represents joy or melancholic tones. You decide!

Five of my smaller art pieces displayed in a good use of the gallery space.

Five of my smaller art pieces displayed in a good use of the gallery space.

 

"Through the Town"

“Through the Town”

Through the Town, Acrylic, 18" x 24", sides painted, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014

Through the Town, Acrylic, 18″ x 24″, sides painted, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014

I was a little surprised at the discussion that arose about “Through the Town”. People had so many varying things to say about how they responded to the overall viewpoint, focal point, and where their eye directed them.

"April Rain" situated in a perfect place catching window light, and beautiful companion pieces

“April Rain” situated in a perfect place catching window light, and beautiful companion pieces

"April Rain", Acrylic on board, 12" x 12" x 1 3/8" deep, sides painted, KG Taylor

“April Rain”, Acrylic on board, 12″ x 12″ x 1 3/8″ deep, sides painted, KG Taylor

"Invincible Summer", Acrylic, 9" x 12", framed, KG Taylor, 2014

“Invincible Summer”, Acrylic, 9″ x 12″, framed, KG Taylor, 2014

"Moonflower", Acrylic, 9" x 12", framed, KG Taylor, 2014

“Moonflower”, Acrylic, 9″ x 12″, framed, KG Taylor, 2014

“Invincible Summer” and “Moonflower” are new explorations of the idea that a painting might be able to capture a place, a season and some living, growing things in one image. Time as we know it is not just an experience of a particular moment. Our mind’s eye holds many memories and ideas, why not capture them in a single vision?

"Art Deco Dawn" carries over as the one piece from previous showing

“Art Deco Dawn” carries over as the one piece from previous showing

"Art Deco Dawn" , Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, sides painted, 30" x 30", KG Taylor, 2012

“Art Deco Dawn” , Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, sides painted,
30″ x 30″, KG Taylor, 2012

It’s only fitting that I would pay homage with my own painting to this fanciful piece of architecture called the Chrysler Building in Manhattan. And that this piece has lived at an architecture firm lately, on display. I love the designs that came out of the Art Deco movement, from architecture to typography to interior design. While I usually paint from my own imagination, I could not resist depicting this iconic design, playful as it is.

Piazza painting on display, Osmosis, 2014

Piazza painting on display, Osmosis, 2014

"Piazza Anna Sara", 24" x 24", sides painted, acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014

“Piazza Anna Sara”, 24″ x 24″, sides painted, acrylic, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014

“Piazza Anna Sara” is painted from a place inside of me that calls up memories of our family and ancestors from the “Old Country”, as my Grandma Helen called it. For Grandma and the Cozzas, it was Italy. The “Old Country” could be many places, though, given the simple shapes and forms in the painting. I think the painting is more about what a person might have seen on a special night, in a place filled with the glow of wonder, as a child might experience for the first time.

"June Blooms", Acrylic on canvas wrapped board, 12" x 12", framed, KG Taylor

“June Blooms”, Acrylic on canvas wrapped board,
12″ x 12″, framed, KG Taylor

“June Blooms” began as a color study I compiled with my favorite fabric swatches for color inspiration. That’s the first time I used fabrics as an inspiration for a painting.

"June Blooms" art quilt, KG Taylor

“June Blooms” art quilt, KG Taylor

I have said before that it’s a joy to explore art with so many different media. When a painting is finished, why not create a favorite idea again with fabric and all the interesting patterns we have at our fingertips?

"Jazz Town", detail, acrylic, KG Taylor

“Jazz Town”, detail, acrylic, KG Taylor

I leave you with an image of a city of imagination and dreams. There’s a jazz tune wafting out into the street, a horn solo playing a song from another time, yet we all remember it and smile.

 

Thanks for reading,

Karen

http://www.karengillistaylor.net

 

 

 

 


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