Fraser Taylor | Bodies of Work


18 July to 30 August 2015

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11.00am to 4.00pm

Fraser Taylor works prolifically, employing a broad range of media, always maintaining a strong interest in blurring the boundaries between fine art and design. Raised in Scotland, he studied Printed Textile Design, firstly at Glasgow School of Art, then at The Royal College of Art in London.

It was whilst there that in 1983 he and three RCA colleagues formed The Cloth, a ground-breaking collective working with international clients, on projects including textiles and fashion design, corporate identity, and record sleeves for bands such as Spandau Ballet and The Bluebells. Though the collective disbanded in 1988 in order to allow each of its members to pursue individual creative interests, the importance of The Cloth was recognised when a collection of its designs were included in 'Club to Catwalk' an exhibition celebrating 1980s visual culture and fashion at the V&A Museum, London in 2013.

Whilst continuing his artistic practice, Taylor has since 2001 taught in the department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Having undertaken several residencies in America, he developed a desire to reinvestigate his Scottish origins by participating in a residency facilitated by Wasps Studios. A sabbatical from SAIC in 2013/14 allowed him to spend a year in Scotland, exploring three dramatically different geographies, each with contrasting social contexts.

While in Scotland in 2013, Taylor visited Florence to view Masaccio's 'Expulsion out of the Garden of Eden'. This inspired an extensive series of drawings, which focused on the emotional as well as physical aspects of the figures of Adam and Eve and the pictorial space they inhabit. Especially for the show, and in collaboration with Glasgow Print Studio, Taylor has produced a limited edition suite of four digital prints, each using motifs from the Expulsion series of drawings.

This exhibition in the Studio Pavilion at the House for an Art Lover, allows for a look at some of the themes explored through drawing and painting as significant aspects of Taylor’s diverse output.

PRIVATE VIEW FRIDAY 24 JULY, 7.00 to 9.00pm