By Johnny Taylor
EXHIBITION June 8 - July 8
OPENING RECEPTION Friday June 8 6 ‐ 10PM
Created by the most basic of gestures, the line has an infinite identity based on the adjustment of
only a few characteristics - length, thickness, trajectory, depth. Yet other factors guide our reaction to
viewing line. Is it precise? Is it broken? Was it violently inflicted versus delicately brushed? Is it
scribbled? Is it stroked? Is there only one, or few? Are they random, receding, patterned? These
decisions craft a dynamic story from a seemingly simple form.
The inaugural exhibit of Vancouver's Betamax gallery in Hastings Sunrise features a range of work from Taylors collection. Highlighting his multiple techniques across a broad scope of medium.
Johnny Taylor is a contemporary abstract painter. His current work weaves nature into modern architecture, the compositions evoking aspects of traditional Asian painting. His foundation was shaped by early Canadian landscape painting, abstract expressionism, and blueprint drafting. Johnny’s accomplished use of line applied to various media, with a keen response to the influence of
his surroundings, resulting in the sophisticated abstraction that informs his artistic process.
“My work is born of a mental concept, an intention, a memory. I use the act of painting to propel the work. The paint is applied by varying means and tools in response to the surfaces I am working with. Spontaneous marks and gestures define the image – and the work emerges as a fusion of idea and action.”