Joan Mitchell Center

Alex Taylor

Young Artist-in-Residence
July 10–August 4
New Orleans, LA 

I am a self-taught artist. I am the second oldest out of a family of five children. I was born and raised in Miami, FL. Since I was a child, I have had a deep interest in art. It was a hobby for me. I would spend hours at a time drawing and coloring pictures. At the age of 12, my parents moved us to New Orleans. That same year I was placed in the Talented Art program at William J. Fischer elementary school. My art teacher entered me in an Art competition and I was able to win the Annual State representative Christmas card competition. I also spent many years working under my father, learning the trade of a carpenter. These experiences gave me an experience in hand building, painting. I have used the experience in other mediums of my artwork. In high school, I was an integrated into the Gifted Art Program informally and learned some of the basics from my instructor Mrs. Villavasso at McDonough #35 Senior High school. Most of my Fine Arts training came from the few classes I took during my freshman year at Xavier University of Louisiana. I continue to partake in independent studies and discover my voice as an artist, and meet with my art mentors on a weekly bases to receive critiques and insight on my artwork.

I have shown extensively in New Orleans and the surrounding areas in numerous group exhibitions, at venues including Jazz Fest, Xavier and Dillard University. In 2015, I was able to partner alongside YAYA and co-curate an art show called “Among the Cosmos”. It featured over 40 plus from all over the New Orleans in: visual artists, musicians and poets. As a visual artist when I create, I identify myself as the dragonfly. I work as a freelance artist doing commission for clients such as painting, graphic design and photography. In my spare time I create artwork for the purpose of exhibition. Someday I will present my own solo exhibition. I find that strengths lay in my ability to remain diligent in the mist of hardships of being a black man and an artist. There are so many in this system to keep me at a disadvantage but I am able to maintain focus. I also understand my gift in Art and the importance of it. The times we are in dictate that our voices as artist be heard and our work needs to reflect the times.

Now when it comes to my strongest artistic skills, my work is recognized mostly for its spontaneous and expressive elements. I find the appropriate means to articulate my style with the use of various mediums such as painting, printmaking and design. It’s contributed to my overall intuitiveness of aesthetically appealing imagery. For instance, throughout my abstraction process, I like to question what binds reality using color, texture, and figures as an aid to help capture emotions but also create subject matter in my work. From the vivid colors, gritty texture and abstracted / representational figures, I have created balance and harmony from the use of dynamic opposites in my work. My work has also evolved through my personal experiences. I’m able to visually display an introspective reality on how I perceive the world.

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Ascend

Ascend

2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Dirtyred

Dirtyred

2016, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

?thespirit?dragonfly

?thespirit?dragonfly

2015, screen print on rice paper, 11 x 14 inches

WhistlingPet

WhistlingPet

2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Fame

Fame

2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Black man in america

Black man in america

2016, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

Sol

Sol

2015, oil on wood, 30 x 30 inches

Vertigo

Vertigo

2015, monotype on bristol paper, 11 x 14 inches

Peachfuzz

Peachfuzz

2015, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

Moth

Moth

2013, monotype on bristol paper, 11 x 14 inches