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Richard Taylor
"Golden 1" painted steel sculpture

2023

About the Item

Steel, gold leaf, enamel paint, varnish. Richard Taylor says of his "Golden" sculpture series: "Gold is light, knowledge, power, sanctity, treasure, the sun, the glow around an icon, or the flicker behind candles in a sacred space. Gold is loaded with significance. I gilded figures atop 4 indoor sculptures in a new series paying tribute to those among us who do good deeds for others, and go unrecognized. They might care for elders in their family or work at food banks. In current times, they might work in a hospital or with the homeless. They are Golden." Richard Taylor describes his work as a distillation of life experiences, often seen through the influences of music and poetry, with the cadences, rhythms, and syncopation resonating within and informing the spirits of his pieces. Much of Taylor's work happens in series, allowing him to pursue various ideas from multiple angles as he creates a group of work that explores several variations on a single theme. He is a sculptor, and also a painter, and his painted standing sculptures fall somewhere between painting and sculpture. Time plays a very essential part in his work, as they are not so much about the details of the past as they are about the essence of our remaining memories. Taylor explains, "The painted standing sculptures recall those people in my life who have shaped my character and sculpted my being through their actions, examples, and spirits. They are my sentinels; my guideposts in my walk through life." Taylor's work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States for over 30 years. He has created site-specific commissions for numerous public and corporate projects including Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; Kaiser Hospitals in California; Milwaukee Public Central Library; U.S. Robotics in Chicago, IL; the City of Beaverton, OR; City of East Lansing, MI; Hardy Ivy Park for the City of Atlanta, GA; and General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, WI. His work is also held in prestigious public collections including Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Neiman Marcus, Visa, Hewlett-Packard, and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Milwaukee, and Green Bay.
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