Michael Taylor: New Paintings
Nancy Sever Gallery, 4/6 Kennedy Street, Kingston
Closes November 20, Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm
Michael Taylor, who is fresh from acclaim at the survey exhibition of 50 years of his art at the Canberra Museum and Gallery that only closed last month, is now presenting a large new exhibition of recent paintings that have been executed over the past two years.
Aged in his early 80s, Taylor remains compulsive, prolific and works with unbridled energy. This show is what could be termed an “unedited exhibition”, with a number of striking and very successful pieces – and a few that could be best left unexhibited. Compared with the exhibition that Taylor held in this gallery last year, in palette, mood and temperament this is a darker exhibition that favours murky blues and blacks with only a few rays of sunlight. He works primarily with dark colours on a light pink ground so that the forms frequently vibrate with nervous energy and dance across the surface of the painting, radiating with a halo-like appearance.