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Local artist profile: Garry Taylor

THIS week we speak with artist and author Garry Taylor.

What initially prompted you to become an artist?

I’ve always loved drawing and didn’t really think I was anything else. I just pursued it in my own way. When I was in high school I graduated in art and it was difficult to get into the world of work afterwards. I have decided to make my own works of art and hold exhibitions.

You have a truly unique style. How would you describe it and how did you develop it?

My true style of painting is realism. I usually paint still lifes. I paint in gouache, watercolor, ink and pencil. The clothing book I self-published had to have illustrations, some like caricatures.

What is the story behind your self-published book Coated with memory? How did it come about and what was the process of putting it together?

I decided to work on a particular project so that my free time was filled with something that was actually building towards something, namely a book. I wrote a few letters to celebrities to see if I could get answers. Obviously I have not received responses to all my letters, but enough have come to begin the book. It is a book in which about 80 famous people remember one or more garments they wore during their life.

What other artists inspire you and why?

Many artists inspire me. Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Paul Cezanne, Pierre Roy, Hilda Rix-Nicholls and also photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson and others.

What are some highlights or fond memories you have from your career so far?

Well, I remember meeting Melbourne artist Vali Myers. When she showed her my work, she told me to go to the Emerald Hill Gallery in South Melbourne. She said, “We’ll throw it!” It goes without saying that I have not been launched, but I am proud of any exhibition of my work and Vali has come to see that exhibition.

How has your practice been affected by COVID? Were there few changes or did it have a substantial effect?

COVID struck me a bit as stores were reluctant to accept commissioned books during the COVID period. Sometimes I was dubious about the COVID excuse.

How can people control your work and, most importantly, buy it?

My work both paintings and book can be verified by sending an email [email protected] or phone 0422 250 713.

What would you say to the young aspiring regional artists who are thinking of turning the artistic life around?

Young regional artists who are thinking of dedicating their life to their art should give it a try. It’s not an easy life as a freelance artist, but I tend to think it should be all or nothing. Just do it!

I believe that artists are born not made. It may not be politically correct, but it is. Of course, you can always improve your techniques. Practice, of course, is essential. Singers, actors, and other artists rarely let negative reviews or negative attitudes push them astray. So, I would tell people to definitely pursue their dreams. You are very successful in life in general. Talent shouldn’t be ignored if you really have it. And a person knows when he has it, right?

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