Taylor Lee is a color-obsessed artist and an advocate for mental health with a passion for depicting bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety through abstract floral paintings.
Pulling visual inspiration from Baz Luhrmann, Lisa Frank, and the pulsing crowds of general admission at a pop punk show, she explores concepts like maximalism, mania, and madness. You can expect a cacophony of colors in her work, applied in a jubilant disco of expressive brushwork. Her style is somewhere at the crossroads of the naïve art movement and abstract expressionism.
Taylor has bipolar disorder, and this is an important component in her creative process. She sees the world through the ever twisting kaleidoscope of mania, experiencing extreme periods of high energy and low dives regularly as a result of bipolar disorder. Taylor finds ways to bring the reality of this stigmatized mental illness into a celebratory light, creating paintings that are buzzing with energy, movement, and loud colors in what she calls her “celebration style.”
Originally from North Carolina, Taylor has spent her entire life in the Southern United States. She learned the basics of acrylic painting from her grandmother, who was also a passionate gardener. As a child Taylor was surrounded by hydrangeas, wisteria, cotton fields, and kudzu that spread like wildfire. It’s no coincidence that Taylor’s abstract paintings take heavy influence from an overgrowth in flora and fauna.
She was also influenced by Puebla City, Mexico, where she spent the summer of 2017 as an artist-in-residence with Mexican visual artist Francisco Guevara at the Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency.
Taylor was recently named 20 on the Rise by Honey Book and The Rising Tide Society, and was recently featured in Design*Sponge as well as Spectrum News in Charlotte. Taylor is an official ambassador for I&I Outfitters.