Artist Statement: Humanity is connected to nature; our place within it and the energy we derive from this relationship. As the world around us becomes more and more fraught with stress and uncertainty, there is an even deeper need to connect with the earth and consciously integrate joy in our lives. My work explores the unique forms and colours of nature and how they are an integral part of our lives – bringing contentment, grounding and joy. Capturing the energy in dynamic flower petals or communicating the movement of water, the visual is simplified to the barest elements. The unexpected colour combinations create energy and vibration, again encompassing the theme of joy. Viewers are encourage to enter the work and reflect on their current state, reconnect with the natural world around us and move forward with positivism.
The decision to work in an abstract manner has been a natural progression. Initially, I was very involved in photography, with the intention to capture the organic lines and fulsome colour of the environment. I become intrigued with the colour and pattern of both the photography and painting and started to abstract the images. The result is that the viewer experiences abstracted versions of flowers, landscape and seascapes.
Working solely with a palette knife, I pull multiple colours on both sides of the knife, mixing the colours directly on the panel. Working flat, I create from all sides, ensuring that the piece works compositionally from all sides. The stained wood grain of the birch panel to become an integral part of the composition and, like a watercolour, is left untouched – this creates a dynamic play of positive and negative spaces. The resin enhances the colours but also reflects the viewer, incorporating them into the piece; encouraging the viewer to be encompassed by nature and to be more thoughtful of their place within it.”
Biography: Kate Taylor is an abstract artist born in Cambridge, England, and now works out of her studio in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western University where she was taught painting by the internationally-renowned artist, Paterson Ewen. Creative influences are the Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, the Group of Seven, specifically Tom Thomson’s work using complementary colours in the underpainting, Jean Paul Riopelle – the Montreal-based artist who captured raw energy in his large canvases, using multiple colours simultaneously on his palette knife and glass artist Dale Chihuly for his approach to colour, exuberance and experimentation. Kate’s work is in private collections in Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, Brazil, the US, and the Philippines. Kate is a member of the SolidColour and ColourShift Abstract Art Collectives – a group of individuals committed to capturing and abstracting the world around them.
To learn more about Kate and her lovely work you can check out her website.