After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1981 from the Kansas City Art Institute, Mr. Taylor moved to New Jersey to join the Johnson Atelier as an apprentice and later as staff member working in foundry and metal fabrication. He also attended the New York Studio School as a mobility student in 1980. While living in New Jersey, he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rutgers University- Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1986. Mr. Taylor studied under many artists including, Peter Agostini, Dale Eldred, William Tucker, Stanley Lewis, Willem Volkersz, Leon Golub, Isaac Witkin, John Goodyear, Gary Keuhn, and Herk Van Tongeren. In the 1980’s, he cast and fabricated projects for Toshiko Takaezu, Michael Graves, Joel Shapiro, Julian Schnabel, Melvin Kendrick, George Segal, Arthur Schade, Judson Nelson, J. Seward Johnson Jr., Phoebe Adams, and Herk Van Tongeren.
Although primarily trained as a sculptor, Taylor has created artwork in several media, which include bronze casting, painting, and printmaking. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. His work is in collections worldwide.
Currently, Taylor is working on two bodies of work: “The Intermodulation Project- a series of neo-constructivist sculptures that play with natural light and the “Meseta Sequence”- a series of abstract paintings based off watercolors and written observations done in his journal during his five hundred mile walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Mr. Taylor was an adjunct professor of art education at California State University-San Bernardino. He taught sculpture and art history at the College of the Desert. In 1999, he was the founding art department chair at Desert Hot Springs High School. He was also the recipient of a Bravo Award in 2004 for Excellence in Art Teaching. In 1994, he also received an Anderson Children’s Foundation Grant to establish a printmaking program at Mt. San Jacinto Continuation High School, an alternative high school in Palm Spring Unified School District. The printmaking program was also part of an Exemplary Program Award from the California Continuation Education Association, which he and the school received in 1998. In 2003, he was nominated by his students to be listed in “Who’s Who in American Teaching.” Currently, he is teaching both two and three dimensional arts, Advanced Placement Art History, and Advanced Placement Studio Art at Chaparral High School in Temecula, California. He currently serves on the Visual and Performing Arts Plan task force for Temecula Unified School District. He served as Academic Dean of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Chaparral High School. He has also done work with the California Arts Project and was a member of the focus group for the revision of the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for the California Department of Education.
Mr. Taylor’s other interests include music and the outdoors. For many years, he has practiced guitar, particularly jazz, and he has played in various big bands and smaller jazz groups. He has played with the The Robert Holts Orchestra, The Tim Miller Quartet, The Valley Winds Swing Band, The Ted Herman Orchestra, The Red Apple Orchestra, The Second Hand Jazz Band, the United Swing Band, and his own groups Twin Harmony and The Alloy Ensemble. He attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2004 and 2005. When he is not in the studio or playing music, Mr. Taylor enjoys backpacking, surfing, and skiing- spending almost fifty years either in the waves or on the slopes. During the summer of 2012, he walked the entire 804 kilometer (500 mile) French Route of the Camino De Santiago in Northern Spain. Taylor currently resides in Desert Hot Springs, California.
My endeavors in the studio have always been bifurcated between painting and sculpture- this has really been the story of my life as an artist. . . nothing has changed and I see no definitive boundaries between the two categories. . . although, some mentors and colleagues have had a different opinion. Physical action always been the motivating force behind my work. Concepts, techniques, and references are pulled-in as a result of that action. As always, there is much trial and error.
For the past several years, I have been creating a series of abstract paintings entitled, The Meseta Sequence, which are based off my pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. They are distilled from observations both in my journal and sketchbook of places that are thousands of years old. To me, they are symbolic of the crust and crud of history that exist in the world expressed by overlaying of colors, patina, hidden scrawls and marks, shapes, lines, stripping away layers, over-painting, etc. When I work on the paintings, I am in the process of constructing and then I remove paint only to again rebuild the surface to what I see as the final state. The paintings become their own brief history of my physical actions, intent, and impulse.
Occasionally, I work in three dimensions. The bulk of my training and “career” has been in sculpture. . . I don’t like the concept of “career.” This is life, not a career. . . The current body of work is entitled, Intermodulation Project, which is an ongoing experiment using steel, glass, mirrors, and paint that visually interact with daylight and the local environment. No real outcome or final artwork is planned. . . the sculptures are repurposed for new work. There is only a residue of the process. Sometimes, the sculpture looks like a “final piece”- although I think they are difficult to place in a living room as a resolved artwork. When I am working in sculpture, I am thinking of these words: Diffuse, Construct, Refract, Obstruct, Reflect, Bend, Draw, Wait, Calculate, Decide, Adjust, Reveal, Penetrate, Touch, Partition, Track, Shade, Paint, Augment, Look, Ponder, Install, Remove, Build, Corrode, Decide, Measure, Connect, Evolve, Continue. . . . again, physical action is still the main intent.
Many years ago, I was the lead foundry man who cast, completed, and installed sculptures in bronze for the late ceramicist and sculptor, Toshiko Takaezu. Her most famous quote was the following: “In my life I see no difference between making pots, cooking and growing vegetables. They are all so related. However, there is a need for me to work in clay. It is so gratifying and I get so much joy from it, and it gives me many answers in my life.”
I see no difference between all the activities I do whether I am in the studio, playing guitar, or cooking. There is a constant impulse for me to work- engage in the physicality of creating and coalescing all that I have seen, learned, and experienced. There are no definitive lines between anything- just the flow of life. . . In there future, there will be new work and perhaps a new “series” but for the time being I can only work on what is NOW.
James Jared Taylor
Master of Fine Arts, Rutgers University- Mason Gross School of the Arts, 1986.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kansas City Art Institute, 1981.
New York Studio School, 1980.
Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1976-1977.
“Intermodulation Project,” Lifework Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, January 2013.
Continuum Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, January 2009.
Arte Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, March 2003.
Gallery Blu, Palm Desert, CA March 2001.
800 Wilshire Building, Los Angeles, CA, Fall 1998.
Gallery Blu, Palm Desert, CA, February 1998.
Ross Watkins Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, April 1996.
Riverside Arts Foundation, Palm Springs, CA, April 1992.
Henry Chauncey Center, ETS, Princeton, NJ, January 1988.
Extension Gallery, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ, April 1987.
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, January 1986.
Johnson Atelier, Princeton, NJ, 1983.
Princeton Day School, Outdoor Installation, NJ, Fall 1982.
“Celebration,” James Taylor and John Branstetter, Desert Art Collection, Palm Desert, CA, December 2003.
“New Paintings”, James Taylor and Heather Becker, Malton Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, Spring 1997.
“Metal and Wood,” James Taylor and Harry Gordon, Johnson Atelier, June 1984.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Lifework Gallery, Pop-Up Show, Palm Springs, CA, May 2017.
Take 2 Contemporary, Palm Springs, CA, 2105.
“Educators Exhibition,” The Art Institute, Santa Monica, CA, April 2014.
Group Show, Joshua Tree Artists Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA, December 2013.
“Contemporary Luminists,” Greenwich House Gallery, CA, OH, March-April 2011.
“A Look Inside- a Survey of Artists’ Works” Sulkin-Secant Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Autumn 2010.
“ArtScape” Riverside Arts Council, Riverside County Building, Riverside, CA, March-September, 2008.
“Land and Light IV,” Renee George Gallery, Charlotte, NC, March 2008.
M. Willis Art and Design, Cincinnati, OH, October 2007.
“Land and Light III,” Renee George Gallery, Charlotte, NC, January 2007.
“Small Scale II,” Renee George Gallery, Charlotte, NC, December, 2006.
“Land and Light II,” Hayes-George Gallery, Charlotte, NC, March, 2006.
“James Taylor, Kathleen Weisman, Allayn Stevens,” The French Collection Gallery, La Quinta, CA, March 2006.
“Anniversary Exhibition,” Hayes-George Gallery, Charlotte, NC, January 2006.
“Grand Opening Exhibition,” The French Collection, La Quinta, CA, November 2005.
“Lagniappe-The Extra or Unexpected Benefit,” Sulkin/Secant Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, July 2005.
“Land and Light,” Hayes-George Gallery, Charlotte, NC, March 2005.
Faculty Exhibition, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, San Bernardino, CA, Fall 2004, (catalogue).
Faculty Exhibition, California State University-San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College, March 2004.
“Artscape,” Riverside County Administration Center, Riverside, CA, July-December 2003.
Arte Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition, January 2003.
Elizabeth Edwards Gallery, Nantucket, MA, Summer 2002.
Sulkin/Secant Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA, April 2002.
Spring Exhibition Group Show, Gallery Blu, March 2002.
Faculty Exhibition, Desert Hot Springs High School, December 2001.
Season Opening Group Show, Gallery Blu, November 2001.
Sulkin/Secant Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, July-August 2001.
“Season Opening,” Gallery Blu, Palm Desert, CA, November 2000.
“Works for/from the Millenium,” Sulkin/Secant Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA, Winter 1999.
101 North Brand Building, (Jillian Coldiron Fine Art), Glendale, CA 1999.
Fall Show, Gallery Blu, Palm Desert, CA 1999.
“Dirt, Land, Earth, Terrain, Terra Firma,” Threshold Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA, February 1999.
“Art as Gift,” Threshold Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA, Fall 1998.
“Appetite for Art,” Benefit Show, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 1998.
La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA, March 1998.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (continued)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Sales and Rental Gallery, Fall 1997.
“Small Works,” Susan Street Gallery, Solona Beach, CA, Fall 1997.
“Oil Painting…an Open Gate Still,” New York Studio School, curated by Dore Ashton, Fall 1997.
“Fall Exhibition,” Gallery Blu, Palm Desert, CA, November 1997.
“Visual and Inner Landscapes,” Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, September 1997.
“Productive Partners: Sculptural Cross Sections,” Hunterdon Arts Center, Clinton, NJ, Spring 1995.
“Atelier Revisited,” Extension Gallery, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ, Spring-Summer 1995.
“Faculty Exhibition-College of the Desert,” Palm Desert Civic Center, CA, Spring 1994.
La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA 1993, 1994.
“Arts Faculty-College of the Desert,” Edward-Dean Museum, Cherry Valley, CA, Spring 1993.
Amato, LeWinter, and Zolt, Palm Desert, CA, 1993.
Valerie Miller Gallery, Palm Desert, CA 1992, 1993.
Spectrum Contemporary Art, Palm Desert, CA, April 1992.
Allstate Plaza, Glendale Regional Arts Council Exhibition, curated by Suzanne Muchnic, Glendale, CA 1991.
“Current Minimalists,” Atlanta Festival of the Arts, curate by Bill Schinsky, (catalogue), Fall 1991.
“Faculty Review-College of the Desert,” Riverside Arts Foundation, Palm Springs, CA, 1991.
Aerie Sculpture Garden, Palm Desert, CA 1990.
La Quinta Arts Foundation, La Quinta, CA, 1989.
California Sculpture Center, College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA, 1989.
“Outdoor Exhibit,” Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ, Summer 1988.
“National Conference on Cast Iron Art,” University of Alabama- Birmingham, (catalogue), Spring 1988.
“New Fellowship Exhibition,” Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, (catalogue), Summer 1987.
“Summerfest,” a memorial exhibition for Herk Van Tongeren, Rutgers University, NJ, Summer 1987.
“The Johnson Atelier at the Trenton City Museum-Ellarlsie House,” Trenton, NJ, Winter 1987.
“Three Sculptors- Joe Howard, Dave Cann, and Jim Taylor,” Mercer County College, Fall 1986.
“Masterworks,” Sculpture from the Johnson Atelier, Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ, 1986.
“Sculpture Outdoors,” Fairmount Park, curated by Marsha Moss, Philadelphia, PA, Summer 1986.
“Art in Site,” 185 Nassau Building, Princeton, NJ, Spring 1986.
“MFA Exhibition,” Voorhees-Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, (catalogue), March-April 1986.
“Approaching 2000,” Somerset College, NJ, Winter 1986.
“Site-Complex,” Outdoor Sculpture, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, Winter-Spring, 1986.
“Wood,” Extension Gallery, curated by Larry Steele, Johnson Atelier, Fall 1985.
“2D/3D, Sculpture and Working Drawings,” Mercer County College, NJ, Fall 1985.
“Eyes on Trenton,” Mercer County College, NJ, September 1985.
“Eyes on Trenton-Outdoor Sculpture in Mill Hill Park,” Summer-Fall 1985.
“Alumni Exhibition,” New York Studio School, curated by David Reed, October 1985.
“Mercer County Cultural Heritage Commission,” Juror’s Award, Annette Fabri- juror, (catalogue), Spring 1985.
“9 from Rutgers,” Extension Gallery, Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ, Spring 1985.
“Site Installation,” Burlington County Memorial Hospital, NJ, Spring 1985.
“The Johnson Atelier,” New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, curated by Ellen Schwartz, (catalogue), June 1984.
Warner Communications, New York, NY, Spring 1984.
International Sculpture Center, Washington, DC, 1984.
Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ (catalogue), Summer 1983.
“Outdoor Sculpture,” Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, Fall-Winter 1982-1983.
“Sculpture and Drawings,” Anne Reid Gallery, Princeton Day School, NJ, December 1982.
Shippensburg State University, PA, Spring 1982.
“BFA Exhibition,” Kemper Gallery, Kansas City Art Institute, April 1981.
“Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education Exhibition,” University of Missouri-Kansas City, Fall 1979.
City of Palm Springs California, “Nines and Elevens,” Demuth Park, Public Arts Collection, CA, 1999.
Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.
Wright-Rieman Laboratories, Rutgers University, “Aether Basin,” NJ, 1986.
Ridgemont Equity Partners, Charlotte, NC.
Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Charlotte, NC.
The Littlejohn Group, Charlotte, NC.
Mr. Michael McGuire, Grant Thornton Accountants and Business Advisors, Charlotte, NC.
Ms. Christine Trainer, CDFM2 Architecture Inc., Kansas City, MO.
Electronic Data Systems, Corporate Management Services, Los Angeles, CA.
Law Offices of Peter B. O’Brien, Los Angeles, CA.
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA.
Dempsey, Squeri, and Sanders, Cleveland, OH.
Children’s Mercy Hospital Development Committee, Kansas City, MO.
The American Academy of Family Physicians, Kansas City, MO.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Fleischmann, Cincinnati, OH.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brougham, Sydney, Australia.
Mrs. Sherry Scherotter, Palm Springs, CA.
J.B. Were and Sons, New York, NY.
Mr. and Mrs. David Grigg, New York, NY.
Ms. Jill Snyder, New York, NY.
Mr. Jonathan Clark, Melbourne, Australia.
Anne and Robert Monroe, Seattle, WA.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gittinger, Indian Wells, CA.
Daiker-Howard, New York, NY.
Fruchtlander Brothers, New York, NY
Elders Finance, New York, NY.
Mr. Russell Rhodes, New York, NY.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bernstein, Bellevue, WA.
Ms. Toshiko Takaezu, Quakertown, NJ.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lewis, Rancho Mirage, CA.
Dr. Lawrence Higgins, New York, NY.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zalznick, Greenwich, CT.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony W. Benn, London, GBR.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gordon, Lambertville, NJ.
Mr. Jim Fleig, Dana Point, CA.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Weisman, Indian Wells, CA.
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Tauben, Ladue, MO.
Mr. Dana Stewart, Lambertville, NJ.
Ms. Marcia Broderick, Palm Desert, CA.
Mrs. Joyce Kornblatt, Palm Desert, CA.
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Closson, Jr., Cincinnati, OH.
Ms. Mary Ann Hamill, Cincinnati, OH.
Mr. Jerome Gildar, Princeton, NJ.
Dr. and Mrs. Vincent Neary, Cookeville, TN.
Mr. Steven Sobcyck, Cathedral City, CA.
Dr. and Mrs. Niel Eisner, Cincinnati, OH.
Meghan and Doug Rachford, Coldspring, KY.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Penrose Russell, Cincinnati, OH.
Mr. and Mrs. David Crafts, Cincinnati, OH.
Molly and Murry Campbell, Rancho Mirage, CA.
Mr. Alan Levinson, Palm Desert, CA.
Dr. David Schmidt, Westlake Village, CA.
Patricia and Michael Brill, Los Angeles, CA.
Carol and Kenneth Zelden, Los Angeles, CA.
Kym Swanson, Lincoln, NE.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Zesser, Highland Park, IL.
Joyce and Ralph Grunauer, Beverly Hills, CA.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lustbader, Chicago, IL.
John and Shirley Godfrey, Palm Desert, CA.
Mr. Patrick Nipp, Palm Springs, CA.
Harry and Linda Fath, Cincinnati, OH and Indian Wells, CA.
Mr. Stephen Novinson, Birmingham, MI.
Ms. Luzma Brayton, Los Angeles, CA.
Mr. Mark Oliff, Los Angeles, CA.
Mr. Jim Cutler, Lake Oswego, OR.
Lorraine and Michael Lippmann, Potomac, MD.
William and Karen Klempner, Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Kenneth Sayles, Palm Springs, CA.
James and Katherine Lau, Los Altos Hills, CA.
Wally and Katrina Barkley, Seattle, WA.
Mr. Richard Valliere, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Mr. Stephen Smith, Corona Del Mar, CA.
Mary Lou Turpin, La Quinta, CA.
Mr. Gary Cohen, Palm Springs, CA.
Mr. Edward O’Gilvie, Sacramento, CA.
Peter and Rochelle A’Hearn, Palm Springs, CA.
Stephen and Renate A’Hearn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom DiMare, La Quinta, CA.
Karen and Simon Clark, South Pasadena, CA.
Mr. Fred Smith, Las Vegas, NV.
Ms. Linda Teal, La Quinta, CA.
Alex and Susan McCallister, Charlotte, NC.
Kamie Rudisill, Gastonia, NC.
Chapman Radcliff, West Hollywood, CA.
Josh and Staci Stevens, Desert Hot Springs, CA.
Charles and Annette Keeter, Joplin, MO.
Cris and Judy Coplye, North Easton, MA.
Harold and Dorothy Smith, Charlotte, NC.
Alex and Susan McAlister, Charlotte, NC.
Trip and Laura Park, Charlotte, NC
Katherine and S. Henry Dimlich, Daniels WV.
Todd and Amy Creager, Santa Ana, CA.
Ljiljana Grubisic and Michael Whalen, Santa Monica, CA.
Eliza and Ted Drummond, Eugene, OR.
Amy Mitchell Cherry and Jason Cherry, Hastings, MI.
Diana Shay-Diehl, Yucca Valley, CA.
Charlie and Bonnie Schwartz, Los Angeles, CA and Joshua Tree, CA.
Mike and Ann Spratt, Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
Mrs. Nancy Robinson, Cincinnati, OH.
Drs. Charles Mesh and Dianne Litwin, Cincinnati, OH.
Tim and Michelle Selnick, Cincinnati, OH.
Sarah Mitchell Buller, Cincinnati, OH.
Mr. Brent Winn, Richmond, VA.
Ms. Deborah Brock, Desert Hot Springs, CA.
Ms. Judith Webb, Laguna Niguel, CA.
Mr. and Mrs. Jan Christopher Breunig, Bammental, Germany.
Richard K. Pate Architecture, Sebastopol, CA.
Chaparral High School, Temecula Valley Unified School District, Teacher and former Academic Dean- Visual Arts, 2006-present.
California State University-San Bernardino, Adjunct Faculty, 1993 to 2006.
Desert Hot Springs High School, Palm Springs Unified School District, Fine Arts Chair, 1999-2006.
Mt. San Jacinto Continuation High School, Palm Springs Unified School District, Arts Chair, 1994-1999.
College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California, Adjunct Faculty, 1988-1997.
Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ, instructional staff- metal fabrications, 1981-1988.
Rutgers University, graduate teaching assistant-sculpture and foundry, 1984-1986.
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Individual Fellowship, 1985.
Juror’s Award, Mercer County Cultural Heritage Commission, Mercer County College, NJ, 1985.
Johnson Atelier Foundation Grant, 1982.
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Desert Living Magazine
The Desert Sun
The Los Angeles Times “Desert View”
The Princeton Packet “Time Off”
The Trenton Times
The Newark Star-Ledger
Cincinnati Community Publications