Taylor Smith

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.

Can a painting, a photograph, a still life, a portrait all be explored on different levels and dimensions at the same time? In brief, this is what I find myself attempting to examine with my work.

The projected optimism, clean lines, and ideas of Modernism inform my painting. But I also attempt to stake my own territory by evoking elements of photography, design and architecture in order to create works that are unashamedly beautiful, yet still carry tension and underlying conflict while

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Attempting to leave my mark in this world fascinates me. Fine art and technology fascinate me.

Within my work, I seek to blend my own contemporary interpretation of abstraction with elements of traditional still life and portraiture. Mathematics, organic chemistry, mechanics, photography and pop culture also play a role in my path from conception to completion. Much of my recent work explores the relationship between abstraction and the ordered world of still life and traditional portraiture by blending oil painting, collage and photography on medium to large-scale canvas.  My intention is to blend abstraction and traditional painting with science to create an unexpected and moving experience. This work is my mark.




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Indiana University Bloomington 1985

Akademie der Bildenden Künste [AdBK] Nürnberg/Berlin 1988



Collections: The Charles Krug Winery of Napa Valley | The Peter Mondavi Family of Napa Valley | Starbucks Coffee Company | Microsoft | Robert Parker Jr. – The Wine Advocate | Community Health Network | Estridge Companies | Mercer & Belanger | Block Electric



Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, 2013-2014

Florence Biennale, Italy


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