Taylor Callery

Featured Artist

Taylor Callery is an American traditional artist whose conceptually bold and graphic work is heavily influenced by the texture and culture found in the urban landscape. His methods of creation include a mixed media approach of acrylic and collage on wood panel.

Taylor’s work explores and comments on complex social issues found in modern culture, expressing a wide range of topics that include pop culture, sex, politics, religion, civil rights, and more.

Never relegating himself to a single format, Taylor’s work has also been featured in the pages of Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and over 75 other publications.

What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?

This past year I was invited to contribute to the “If This Art Could Vote” campaign provided by The Huffington Post, and also I was a contributing artist to the massive national juried “Art As Politics” show held this year at the Touchstone Gallery in DC. As an illustrator, I’ve had the great pleasure to work on a Harper’s Magazine Cover and a Sunday Arts & Leisure cover for The New York Times this year.

What are you currently working on?

Currently I’m putting together a complete mixed media body of work that consists of silkscreen, spray paint, hand cut stencils, acrylic, and collage on wood panel. This body of work comments on the absence of masculinity found in the over glamorized masculine projection consistent in pulp art, vintage advertising, and hollywood character stereotypes, and more.

How’d you get started as an artist?

Like most artist, I was drawing and creating from an early age. Ever since then, I’ve committed myself to the journey ahead, applying my passion for creation and education along the way. Each new piece of art I make, or any new illustration assignment that comes across the table, re-ignites the purpose of what I’m doing and fighting for as an artist. They are open doors for discovery of self, technique, excitement, and how I react to the given subject at hand. I feel as if I am only now starting to really connect myself to the role of an artist, and what that idea means to me in the moment.

Who or what influences your art?

There are so many artists that have influenced my art and the way I think over the years, so there are just too many to name. However, a couple of good friends and fellow artists will always stand out from the crowd for me, as they are instrumental to my development as an artist and human being (John Ritter and Jacob Thomas).

My art is heavily influenced by the texture and culture found in the urban landscape, and the exploration of complex social issues found in our modern culture. I think the street is one of the most expressive environments we have to comment on any subject that one sees fit. There is a certain amount of freedom, adrenaline, and energy that comes with working in a public space, and that’s where most of my influences truly stem from.

What is your creative process like?

It’s a complete mixed media approach of silkscreen, spray paint, stencils, acrylic, and collage on wood panel. I really enjoy building up the layers to recreate a certain amount of the urban landscape here in the studio. My work is a combination of reaction versus methodical planning, or as a friend would say – organized chaos. The base layers of each piece I create is a combination of collage, stencils, and spray paint – reacting to each layer in the moment for the most interesting outcome. With these elements in place, I silkscreen an image I’ve already created around a certain topic over these base layers – filling in color by hand as I react to the layers below – making decisions along the way to allow certain elements of the base layers to be exposed. The process of the work becomes very physical, but I think that’s what I enjoy most about creating it. Getting my hands dirty and applying these labor intensive layers in an almost experimental way, gives me a certain sense of satisfaction though to the end of each piece.

How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?

I think any positive and supportive avenue for an artist to create or have there work on display will always be beneficial to all parties involved. You have created a platform that helps artists extend their reach in a unique and creative way, giving those artists an opportunity to share their work on a larger stage. I’m grateful for these opportunities, as it’s an extension of the creative community we find ourselves in – a perfect blend of diversity between brewing and art, in which they are one in the same.


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