Joan Mitchell Center
John W. Taylor

John W. Taylor

New Orleans, LA
February 26 – July 20
Emerging AIR
Sculptor / carver

“The materials that I use, mostly driftwood, come from the swamps and wetlands that I walk through every day. Driftwood often has its own unique form that has been shaped by the water, so I help the wood express itself and let the beauty that is already there present itself… I am somewhat of an environmentalist, and I hope that if people see beauty in my art, which is derived from the natural environment, that they will find beauty not only in my art but in the place from which it comes.” 

John Wilfred Taylor is an artist based in New Orleans. Taylor’s creative work is inspired by the natural environment, in particular the plants and animals of the wetlands, where he spent most of his time as a child and continues to study and photograph. He carves and paints found wood and also photographs the environments where he finds his materials. Taylor has exhibited his work at Antenna Gallery (2017), National Wildlife Federation (2015), and Global Green (2012), and given talks at A Studio in the Woods, the Sanctuary Arts Center, New York University Bayou Talk, National Wildlife Federation, Lake Pontchartrain Foundation, among other venues. 

John W. Taylor

John W. Taylor

Drifting

Drifting

2017, bayou driftwood, 30 x 24 inches
 

Reaching for the Rose of Life (detail)

Reaching for the Rose of Life (detail)

2017, river driftwood, 44 x 3 inches

Reaching for the Rose of Life

Reaching for the Rose of Life

2017, river driftwood, 44 x 3 inches
 

She African

She African

2014, river driftwood, 44 x 3 inches

Alligator Lake

Alligator Lake

2014, river driftwood, 44 x 2 inches

Whistling Ducks

Whistling Ducks

2016, color photograph, 24 x 36 x 24 inches

Fishing on the Canal

Fishing on the Canal

2015, color photograph, 24 x 36 x 24 inches

Hyacinths

Hyacinths

2016, color photograph, 24 x 36 x 24 inches