The University of Tampa, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery
presents a major exhibition of paintings and prints by nationally acclaimed artist
Coinciding with the exhibition, Taylor will be on campus to collaborate with master printer, Carl Cowden to create a series of monoprints as visiting artist for STUDIO-f February 15-26.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this artist work in the studio
Discovered as a schoolboy, Maxwell Taylor (born 1939, Nassau, The Bahamas) was first taught art by Don Russell. Later, he was apprenticed in 1959 to the fabled Chelsea Pottery as a ceramic designer alongside Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis and Kendal Hanna. He moved to New York, studying at the Art Students League of New York from 1968 to 1972, then taking further studies in photo silkscreen at The Pratt Graphic Center in 1972 and printmaking at Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop from 1969 to 1977.
Strongly influenced by black power artists, he showed an uncompromising commitment to social realism through his woodcuts, etchings and stark canvases. Taylor admired the works of Daumier, Braque and Picasso and tried to emulate what he saw. He became a versatile and accomplished technician and a master of a variety of media. After twenty years in New York, during which he combined art with labor on construction sites, he traveled south to the Carolinas and then to Europe observing the social, economic, and political dynamics of many cultures but never forgetting his roots in The Bahamas.
His work was exhibited at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, at The International Printmaking Exhibit, 1971 in Santiago, Chile and in 1977 as part of the exhibition "Bahamian Art Today" at Brent Malone's Matinee Gallery. He held a one-man show in 1979 in Nassau and in 1983 was part of the group of ten artists selected to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bahamian independence. In 1991, he founded B.-C.A.U.S.E. (Bahamian Creative Artists United for Serious Expression), with Brent Malone, Antonius Roberts, Stan Burnside, Jackson Burnside and John Beadle.
Taylor believes that the technique should fit the theme and uses many creative combinations to achieve his vision. He is renowned for his ceramics and paintings, but it is in printmaking that he really excels. He created the "Immigration Series" using the ancient technique of "cutting wood" but in a challenging large format. Throughout his career, he has explored themes of universality and despair, celebration and atrocity.
He has participated in numerous solo exhibitions and his work is among the collections of the late Nat King Cole and Sir Harold Christie. Taylor has also received many scholarships and awards such as the Southern Arts Federation Fellowship award for works on paper by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Please visit maxwellktaylor.com for more information on Maxwell Taylor
STUDIO-f at the University of Tampa is an innovative visiting artist program that has included such notables as Louisa Chase, Komar and Melamid, Katherine Porter, Larry Poons, Ed Paschke and Robert Rahway Zakanitch. The purpose of this program is to introduce national and international artists to the Tampa Bay community by giving students and art enthusiasts an opportunity to meet these artists and to see them working in the studio.
Easily accessible, STUDIO-f is located on the University of Tampa campus. World Class artists work in collaboration with a Master Printer for a period of two weeks to create a series of monoprints. Unlike the limited edition print, a monoprint is an individual, original work of art created in a series. Each print is one of a kind, unique. At least one print from each series is retained for the Fine Art Permanent Collection of the University of Tampa. A number of the remaining monoprints are made available to art collectors. STUDIO-f monoprints in the University of Tampa permanent collection are available for exhibition on request.
A lecture in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery by each artist gives added insight to the process of art.