ARTIST TIFFANI TAYLOR
"MY ART IS MY LIFE, MY LIFE IS MY ART"
Tiffani Taylor is an American painter born in Ogden, Utah in 1979. She is best
known for her rich textured paintings and original hand-painted pottery. Her
paintings and pottery are inspired by nature and her travels to France and
Italy. On her canvases, layers of antique sheet music, handwritten recipe cards,
or ancient maps harmonize with lines of poetry, vibrant oil paints, or a spray of
soil. Lush and vibrant, Ms. Taylor’s art is a tribute to things the eye cannot see:
the journey of life, inner beauty, feelings of gratitude, reverence, and
Ms. Taylor holds advanced degrees in Painting and Art History from the
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). In 2011, she opened her
eponymous gallery in historic downtown Savannah. She is currently an MFA
Painting candidate at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Her work is shown in galleries internationally; including the Salvador Dali
Museum. Additionally, it is included in the collections of Vogue’s André Leon
Talley, designer Diane von Furstenberg, Pierre Cardin, Oprah Winfrey, SCAD
President Paula Wallace, Philanthropy Legend Barbara Tober, The Hilton
Savannah Desoto and Memorial Hospital. Currently, Ms. Taylor resides
between Savannah, Georgia and Paris, France.
"Nature is a cathedral where Divinity speaks in moments of beauty and inspiration."
Tiffani Taylor transforms these moments into rich textured paintings and original pottery. They are a portrayal of her deep emotions in moments of beauty. Moments such as: sketching dancing red poppies while growing up in Utah, studying red cardinals outside her window at home in Savannah, viewing the Sistine Chapel, and stumbling upon an explosion of color at flower markets in Rome.
She begins each canvas with a foundation of base materials. She adds layer upon layer, taking the canvas into nature with each addition. The mixture is indicative of life. To Tiffani this is the delightful in harmony mixed with the difficult; one tempering the other. Acrylic Payne’s Gray paints create areas of light and dark. Gold leaf expresses gratitude for “the magic hour:” the moment in time when nature’s splendor fills all awareness. These paintings and pottery are a material tribute to radiance that lies beneath the external – beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed.
FROM SCAD PRESIDENT PAULA WALLACE
Tiffani Taylor has perfected the art of living fully, joyfully, and expectantly. Like the wildflower – one of her most beloved subjects – Tiffani possesses deep soul-roots, which enable her to flourish whether in times of austerity or plenty. As a child, Tiffani had few material possessions, but she owned everything that may be seen through the eyes of an aesthete. Surrounded by a family of wordsmiths and beauty-lovers, it was her grandmother who first taught her to mine the visual world with observant eyes. In her childhood home of Ogden, Utah, Tiffani experienced a treasure trove of untrammeled nature. Empresses could not have derived more pleasure from their strands of rubies than Tiffani did from her field of poppies, which continue to color her vibrant work.
As a child, Tiffani possessed extraordinary self-discipline, a trait that characterizes her work to this day. Since the tender age of two, Tiffani has not stopped creating; at sixteen, she vowed to attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) – a feat she accomplished several years later, supported by the SCAD Presidential Scholarship. By her junior year at SCAD, Tiffani had formed her own business, buoyed by her exuberant art and entrepreneurial spirit. Today, Tiffani is a gallery owner, and the benefactor of deserving SCAD students whom she mentors and supports through the Tiffani Taylor Scholarship Fund.
Whether figurative or literal, there is a multidimensional quality to all of Tiffani’s work. Often, a musical score will peep through a splash of paint, a line of poetry will be interwoven with the images, or a playful glimmer of gold will dance across the surface of the canvas. May the sweet spirit of Tiffani Taylor continue to contribute to the joie de vivre of others.
President and Cofounder of Savannah College of Art and Design