Kate Taylor is an abstract artist born in Cambridge, England, and now works out of her studio in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western University where she was taught painting by the internationally-renowned artist, Paterson Ewen. Kate is committed to capturing colour and energy in her mixed media acrylic paintings. Her work explores the unique forms and colours of nature and how they are an integral part of our lives. Working solely with a palette knife, she work in acrylics so that she can more easily manipulate the surface, building layers of paint, colours and patterns, overlapping bold and complementary colours. Working flat, she creates from all sides, ensuring that the piece works from all sides. Kate primarily works on birch panel, staining the background to reveal the woodgrain. She adds a resin coating to increase the depth and dimension of the work, making the reflected viewer a part of the final piece. The decision to work in an abstract manner has been a natural progression. Initially, she was very involved in photography, with the intention to capture the organic lines and fulsome colour of the environment. Kate become intrigued with the colour and pattern of both the photography and painting and started to abstract the images. The result is that the viewer experiences abstracted versions of flowers, landscape and seascapes. Creative influences are the Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, the Group of Seven, specifically Tom Thomson’s work using complementary colours in the underpainting, Jean Paul Riopelle – the Montreal-based artist who captured raw energy in his large canvases, using multiple colours simultaneously on his palette knife and glass artist Dale Chihuly for his approach to colour, exuberance and experimentation. Kate’s work is in private collections in Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, Brazil, the US, and the Philippines. Kate is a member of the SolidColour and ColourShift Abstract Art Collectives - a group of individuals committed to capturing and abstracting the world around them. Kate is represented by: ArtProfile in Toronto, Arta Gallery in Toronto, Copley Society of Art in Boston, Galerie203 in Montreal, Latitude 44 Gallery in Toronto, Petroff Gallery in Toronto and PI Gallery in Toronto.
Kate's ArtPrize Entries
These are Kate's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Kate's Past Work
These are images of past work that Kate has done.