PRESS RELEASE "Scratching the Surface"
A. J. Taylor
Blistering tree trunks peel to reveal layers of colour and brittle branches almost crackle in the painted heat. The paintings of A. J. Taylor take one to places that feel familiar and yet the sub-tropical rain forest in these beautiful images appears untrodden.
A. J. Taylor is a Brisbane artist who works from the environment that surrounds him. Paynter Creek, a tributary of the Maroochy River in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is the subject of his new series of paintings currently exhibited at Martin Browne Fine Art at the Yellow House.
These paintings are very much about light and how it behaves: filtering through leaves, or reflecting off trees or the lichen that covers their trunks. For Taylor all of the elements of the forest are manifestations of the nature of light itself. The patterns of their growth are dictated by light: the forest canopy fans out to catch it; trees stretch up towards it; lichen covers any surface where it can be absorbed.
Taylor says of his work "Of course, the paintings very much depend on photographic origins but they are strictly not photo-real. There are too many dents and dips and drips on the surface to pretend any kind of photographic illusion, but still they look 'real' or 'right'." They are instantly familiar and unequivocally recognisable.
Taylorís works are very painterly and the brush strokes look like they should be bumpy and lumpy. In fact they are improbably smooth. The surfaces have been scratched and scraped and scarred and sanded in a long process of building-up and stripping-back, like a rough rock that's been worn down to a polished stone.
Martin Browne Fine Art at the Yellow House
3 March - 4 April