Austin artist Taylor Bailey has a strong academic and professional background in studio art and art history. A graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, double-majoring in art history and studio art. Taylor has taught children’s art classes and camps, plus workshops for all ages.
Artistically, Taylor’s current focus is drawing on canvas and found metal, plus creating unique insects plated with electroformed copper. She cites Julie Mehretu, who is known for her densely layered abstract paintings and prints, as a significant influence.
Taylor’s drawings are complex, detailed abstracts with elements of Cubism and Surrealism. With primary colors of black, gray and white, they are reminiscent of the style of Fernand Léger. Her works vary in size and medium -- from charcoal on paper to concrete and asphalt on wood and found textiles.
Taylor was raised in the hill country of central Texas, where she gained an appreciation of a wide variety of natural landscapes. “My work deals with the relationship between humans and the land which they occupy, and the many interactions between the two as they fight for a dominance over each other,” she explains.
Currently, Taylor is employed at The MAW Gallery. She wears many hats, including introducing visitors to artists’ work, managing Atelier classes and supporting visiting artist instructors. She previously worked as a studio manager and as a conservation intern with The Menil Collection in Houston.
An avid caver, Taylor has served as educational resource and tour guide at Texas caverns since 2012. She began her instructional role at Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio and continues to lead informative and entertaining tours for the general public and advanced audiences at Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown. One expedition includes a 4-mile hike and a swim through a subterranean lake. She has rappelled from a 90-foot cliff, all underground.