Imogen Taylor, Watercolours

Imogen Taylor

Watercolours

Michael Lett
312 Karangahape Road, Cnr K’ Road and East St
Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland
Aotearoa

26 July–26 August 2021

Imperfectly-perfect, each work in this new suite of watercolours by Imogen Taylor demonstrates a cunning and economical use of space. Taylor divides up small surface areas in various different ways, playing with composition, orientation and filling them with a range of shapes that sometimes recall landscapes and sometimes bodies. Taylor leans into the specific nature of watercolours and the ways that large areas of painted colour are irregular and uneven, betraying the way pigments mixed with water are manipulated by the brush before pooling and drying. Banal, everyday language and phrases are playfully used in the titles and these double-meanings reflect the ambiguity of the painted forms.

Taylor is known for creating geometrical abstractions that engage and play with the forms and legacies of European Modernism. Though she draws from the abstracted forms and coloured juxtapositions of Cubism, Fauvism, and Russian Constructivism, her paintings are stripped of the masculine self-seriousness that saturates the source material. Instead, in their vibrant interplay of thickly applied colour and contrasts between imposing parallel lines and soft curves, the work is joyful, sincere, and pleasurable.

— Victoria Wynne-Jones

Imogen Taylor, Open Deck, 2021, watercolour on paper, 320 x 385 mm.

Imogen Taylor, Pump Class, 2021, watercolour on paper, 385 x 320 mm.

Imogen Taylor, To Whom It May Concern, 2021, watercolour on paper, 385 x 320 mm.

Imogen Taylor, Panic Buyer, 2021, watercolour on paper, 385 x 320 mm.

Imogen Taylor, Homework, 2021, watercolour on paper, 320 x 385 mm.

Imogen Taylor, Places Underneath, 2021, watercolour on paper, 320 x 385 mm.

Imogen Taylor, Bagging Area, 2021, watercolour on paper, 385 x 320 mm.

Imogen Taylor, Pamper Station, 2021, watercolour on paper, 320 x 385 mm.

Imogen Taylor, Tarp Down, 2021, watercolour on paper, 320 x 385 mm.

Imogen Taylor, Medium to Firm, 2021, watercolour on paper, 320 x 385 mm.

Photography by Sam Hartnett. Images courtesy of Michael Lett.

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