Taylor Lee is a bright and color-obsessed artist with a passion for communicating through acrylic paintings.
Pulling 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. She is most recognized for her bold use of concentrated color that often incorporates free-spirited marks that create dichotomies between the wild and thoughtful, the bold and vulnerable. You can expect a cacophony of colors in her work, applied in a celebratory 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 regularly as a result of bipolar disorder. Still, Taylor finds ways to bring the reality of a stigmatized mental illness into a celebratory light, creating paintings that are buzzing with energy, movement, and loud colors.
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 resemble 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 is currently preparing a new collection about mania specifically, and expects to launch it this fall.