March 4-April 4
This story was featured in the March 2013 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Order the Southwest Art March 2013 print issue, or get the Southwest Art March 2013 digital download now…Or better yet, just subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss a story!
Landscape painter Andy Taylor makes his home on Colorado’s western slope, where there are mountains to the east and deserts to the west. The Colorado River and its tributaries run through the scenic area, slicing canyons through craggy rocks. These nearby natural wonders have everything to do with what Taylor paints. He says it’s impossible not to be inspired and affected by the color and high drama of his surrounding terrain.
This month Ann Korologos Gallery features 25 new paintings by Taylor. An opening reception for the show takes place on March 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. The artworks on view depict landscapes in western Colorado, eastern Utah, and northern Arizona. “We are always thrilled to present Andy Taylor’s work,” says gallery owner Ann Korologos. “He has a ridiculously loyal fan base here in the Aspen/Roaring Fork Valley, and we think it is time for the rest of the world to discover his art.”
Taylor’s evocative works originate from the drawings he creates while on location. He is known to return to favorite locales to sketch, but he often finds new places along the way as well. The journey is as fruitful as the goal, Taylor is fond of saying.
Taylor is drawn to the contrast between the riparian environment and the desert and finds that many of his paintings incorporate rivers, often ones he also enjoys rafting. In FIRE IN ELK SPRINGS, he portrays a landscape near Colorado’s White River. A fire had erupted just north of the river last fall, and Taylor stopped to sketch the scene as it unfolded before him. The fire had clouded the sky, and there was an intriguing combination of colors in the hills, brush, and fields. “What attracts me to a scene are the usual elements of composition—color, form, line, and atmosphere,” Taylor says. “I want the viewer to know why I stopped at that scene and, perhaps, my vision will connect with something in them.” —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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