Byron Taylor, female form as reflection of the Goddess
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an artist. My mother was an artist, so, as a child, the materials and inspirations were close at hand. I began painting with the tools and materials of childhood – water colors, crayons, finger paints, etc. – and graduated to “real” artists’ materials – oils, acrylics, photography – as a teenager. Even through periods when I didn’t create anything resembling art, the desire was ever-present and I would always find a creative outlet, ultimately returning to classic art media.
Since I’ve been “of age,” I’ve painted, sculpted, and photographed the female figure, and never tire of it. This fascination began as I perused my mother’s art books and marveled at the different forms the female figure took in art through the ages. I see the sympathetic depiction of the female form to be a reflection of the Goddess.
What is more beautiful than the vessel in which we find ourselves experiencing our conscious existence? The viewpoint on nudity is neither heavily erotic nor safely modest. Many of my subjects are aware of the viewer. This removes the comfortable voyeur space for the viewer in these instances and confronts them with the physicality of the model, causing them to explore their attitude toward the human body and its depictions in art and other areas of life.
Once I became become a grandfather, I began the Legacy series. It’s centered on issues that keep me awake at night, the world we’re leaving the upcoming generations. I started with Gun Control as there had already been 847 gun deaths from January 1 to January 27, 2016. And since I have two granddaughters, my concerns turn also to Women’s Issues.
Besides the Legacy pieces on Women’s Issues, it generated the Legacy Series offshoot, Objectification, about women’s body image, as it’s affected by societal attitudes and the press.