“The human skulls that I paint call upon fragments of the past. A history of life and death, humour and tragedy, truth and lies. My paintings are of the living dead and of the dead living, as though the soul continues to exist as a shadow that takes root elsewhere. This life and death duo continues to fascinate me, as if from a magical and ancient past, they create hidden storms that rend and possess the unconsciousness. I construct classical portraits and figural compositions that openly reference a Stygian, sardonic lineage from Bosch to Ensor. Unearthing the ancient tradition of Memento Mori (Remember your Mortality) and Dutch 16th century Vanitas art, my puppets perform on an intense stage where there is no confession, but grim warnings.”
Since 2012, Taylor has exhibited at Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, 2012, Suzanne Tarazieve Galerie, Paris, 2012, 2016 and 2018, Frank Schlag Galerie, Essen, 2013 and 2020, Scot’s Church Melbourne, 2014 and The Old Melbourne Jail, 2015 both as part of the White Night Festival, Melbourne. Taylor holds a Post-Graduate Diploma (Painting), VCA, Melbourne, 1986.