The Nancy Sever Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Ben Taylor.
Ben Taylor was born in Sydney in 1960. He is a graduate of the Canberra School of Art and was a lecturer in Printmaking there from 1983 to 1985. He has been exhibiting throughout Australia since 1983 and his work is to be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National University, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, the University of New South Wales, the Newcastle Regional Gallery, Parliament House and Artbank.
Taylor has a home in the Monaro where he works in an old fettler’s cottage surrounded by decaying railway buildings. The trains no longer run. Grass grows up through the tracks and the cows are gradually pushing over the railway workers’ sheds. But it is in this unlikely setting that the artist finds escape from the pressures of the city and inspiration to nurture his artistic creativity.
Peter Haynes is an arts writer and historian, and the curator of this exhibition. He has described Ben Taylor’s present body of work as “a reinforcement of the validity of the exemplar of his restless curiosity and exploration of the rural surroundings that occupy a substantial portion of his life”.
“In the current exhibition we are presented with very particular views of parts of the sheds and other rural structures,” Peter Haynes writes. “There is a sort of naïve directness in the manner in which Taylor configures his images. The faults and flaws that characterise his decaying structures do not seem out of place........Taylor celebrates what once was while pictorializing its decay. There is however an attractive warmth imbued into these works through the artist’s use of soft atmospheric colours and the clever use of black in the outlining of the structures. Taylor has developed his pictorial language to a level of finesse and certitude that speaks of his deep attachment to place and to his concomitant attachment to the activity of painting”.
Ben Taylor | Paintings opens at the Nancy Sever Gallery on Wednesday 15 May 2019 and runs until 16 June. For further information please contact Nancy Sever at email@example.com or Tel 02 6182 0055. The Gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.