2022, 1500 x 2000mm, Acrylic on hessian
Imogen Taylor is known for playing with the modes and legacies of Euro-American modernism. Although she draws on the abstracted forms and dazzling colour of works associated with movements such as Constructivism, Cubism, and Fauvism, her paintings are stripped of the masculine self-seriousness that so often saturates that source material. With its strong contrasts between imposing parallel lines and soft curves, and its adventurous use of colour and texture, her work encompasses the joyful, the sensuous, the whimsical, and the sincere.
Taylor holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Post-Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts. She held a McCahon House residency in 2017 and was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow in 2019. Significant solo exhibitions include: BODY LANGUAGE (2015), Artspace Aotearoa, Tāmaki Makaurau; Pocket Histories (2018), Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau; and Sapphic Fragments (2020), Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, Ōtepoti.
Portrait photograph by Adam Bryce.