Michael Taylor

About

Michael Taylor (born 1979) is a South African artist who lives and works in Cape Town. He studied at Stellenbosch University, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Visual Art. Primarily working in the mediums of painting and drawing, his work explores notions around narrative art, absorbing ideas from illustration and abstract representation. In 2013, Michael was shortlisted as 100 Young Painters of Tomorrow by Thames & Hudson. His work is also included in the Woodner Collection.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work can be described as ironic, illustrative, and self-reflexive pictures. I draw comparisons between personal and cultural knowledge – themes and narratives that inform my everyday thinking. These interpretations are fundamentally concerned with image-text paradigms – the subtleties between visual thoughts and language. I look at these relationships, particularly the interplay between an image and its adjoined title, as concepts for my work. And I am always interested in working with humour and ridicule, ways of communicating that are disarming, and those aspects pointing to being simply human. It’s these elements, I believe, that will make the viewer become aware of themselves when reading the image.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 The Jungle Husband, M. Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
2015 VOLTA NY 2015, New York
Trophies - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2014 I Was Born Yesterday - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, South Africa
Home Truths, M. Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
2012 Mumbo Jumbo - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2011 The Tenacious Tree Huggers, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2010 Joburg Art Fair (with João Ferreira Gallery), Johannesburg
Comeback Boys, CO-OP, Johannesburg
The Lion’s Den, WorldArt Gallery, Cape Town Comeback Boys, CO-OP, Johannesburg Joburg Art Fair (with João Ferreira Gallery), Johannesburg
2009 Art Amsterdam, João Ferreira Gallery, Amsterdam
The Plot Thickens, WorldArt Gallery, Cape Town
2008 Prints & Editions 08, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2007 Nocturnes, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2006 Title Sequence, US Gallery, Stellenbosch
Who framed Michael Taylor?, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Positive Tension, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2012 Paint I: Contemporary Painting in South Africa 2002 - 2012, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town
2011 A Natural Selection: 1911 - 2011, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2010 Curren Matter, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek
The Menippean Uprising, Blank Projects, Cape Town
2009 Subtext, US Gallery, Stellenbosch
Pigment on Paper, UCA Gallery, Cape Town
A Meeting, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
Summer Salon, UCA Gallery, Cape Town
Angels4Good, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek
Black, Blank Projects, Cape Town
2007 Paper and Me, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town
Am I a Painter, ArtB Gallery, Bellville
2006 The Collage Show, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Title Sequence, US Gallery, Stellenbosch
The most exciting drawing show ever, the KKNK, Oudtshoorn
2004 ABSA L’Atelier Awards, Regional Exhibition, ArtB Gallery, Bellville
BSA L’Atelier Awards, National Exhibition, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

Selected Publications

2013      Selected Works
2005      The Book of Immediate Nonsense, Electronic Book