From February 3-27, 2017, New City Arts presents Not Made In China, an exhibition of new paintings by Charlottesville artist Steve Taylor at Welcome Gallery.
Steve Taylor is originally from North Yorkshire in England. Following art school he worked briefly as a photographer before spending the next 22 years in the Advertising business with Ogilvy & Mather, working in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA. Steve moved to Charlottesville in 2001 and rebooted his career as an artist and photographer.
Steve is an associate member of The McGuffey Art Center, former Board member of Meals on Wheels, Second Street Gallery, and the City Center for Contemporary Arts, all in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was director of Second Street Gallery for several years. He is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and a Freeman of the City of London.
This exhibition features 22 still life paintings and one map. The objects are all things the artist owns and, in most cases, still uses. They were all made in countries other than China. The map – also painted - is of China, and is there to add context rather than geography.
When the artist and his family moved in 2015, they had to get rid of almost 50% of their collective belongings, which forced Taylor to re-evaluate all the things he owns. This process triggered a certain curiosity about each object's origins, composition, and meaning beyond just its practical use. Taylor says about the exhibition, "There is no political agenda here, more an invitation to think about what we buy and why (and where)."
Image courtesy of the artist: Made in Japan II, Oil on panel, 2016.
Welcome Gallery Exhibit Opening Receptions are presented by Northwestern Mutual. December 2016-June 2017 exhibits at Welcome Gallery are made possible by an Enriching Communities grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Sponsored by Wegmans, this exhibit opening reception is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.
Located at 114 3rd St. NE, Welcome Gallery is downtown, storefront art space in Charlottesville, VA, run by New City Arts Initiative, a non-profit community arts organization. This same location houses NCAI staff offices and a studio space.
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