Janet Taylor’s paintings are explorations of the poetry of gesture and the possibilities of materials, including acrylic, graphite, pigment and crayon. She uses a visual language that is an expression of not just the physical world around her, but interactions, time, sound, data, even narrative—the visual residue of her passage through life. Her work translates experience and thought into richly layered paintings with a resonant sense of place.
Following her BFA, Taylor worked in graphic design, interactive media and photography, all of which inform her work today. In 2016 she returned to fine art and has been building her studio practice since.
Taylor’s work is in collections in Canada, Bermuda, the US, the UK, and has been seen in Style at Home, Contemporary Artist, and Uppercase magazines, and on HGTV Home Tours. Most recently, Taylor’s paintings have been shown in Miami, Santa Fe, and New York.
After many years in Toronto, Taylor has recently relocated her studio to the Muskoka area.
ON MAKING ART I am obsessed with those extraordinary moments that surface within the mundane.
However ordinary the source, the fugitive beauty of an instant catches you and seizes your soul as a perfect moment of existence. It may be a moment of calm or peace, or maybe of excitement, awe or joy—but that right there, that fleeting glimpse of the energy and connection of our world—that’s why I make art.