Kate Taylor is an abstract artist born in Cambridge, England, grew up in Oakville, Ontario 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 color and energy in her mixed media acrylic paintings. Her work explores the unique forms and colors of nature and how they are an integral part of our lives.
Working solely with a palette knife, she works in acrylics so that she can more easily manipulate the surface, building layers of paint, colors and patterns, overlapping bold and complementary colors. 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
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 andColourShift Abstract Art Collectives – a group of individuals committed to capturing and abstracting the world around them.
“The decision to work in an abstract manner has been a natural progression. Initially, I was very involved in photography, with the intention to capture the organic lines and fulsome color of the environment. I become intrigued with the color 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.
Working solely with a palette knife, I pull multiple colors on both sides of the knife, mixing the colors directly on the panel. Working flat, I create from all sides, ensuring that the piece works compositionally from all sides. The stained wood grain of the birch panel to become an integral part of the composition and, like a watercolor, is left untouched – this creates a dynamic play of positive and negative spaces. The resin enhances the colors but also reflects the viewer, incorporating them into the piece; encouraging the viewer to be encompassed by nature and to be more thoughtful of their place within it.”