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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
The Cosmopolitan
2016
Marquetry hybrid
59 x 46 in.
149.9 x 116.8 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
The Lookers 
2015 
Marquetry hybrid on panel
58 x 46 in.
147.3 x 116.8 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Gold Spike Afternoon
2015
Wood and acrylic painted paper marquetry on mat board
33 x 27 in. 
83.8 x 68.6 cm

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Exhibition view at Chateau de Nyon 

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
No Side to Fall In 
2015 
Wood veneer, shellac, oil paint 
79 x 59 in.
200.7 x 149.9 cm

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Exhibition view at Chateau Nyon 

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
Fremont

2014 
Wood veneer, acrylic, shellac 
57 x 52 in.
144.8 x 132.1 cm

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Exhibition view at Chateau de Nyon 

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
South 7th
2014 
Wood veneer, shellac on panel
47 x 47 in.
119.4 x 119.4 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
Kitchen
2014
Wood veneer, oil, acrylic, shellac
92 x 116 in.
233.7 x 294.6 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
Midnight Cowboy
2014 
Wood veneer, shellac 
50 x 48 in.
127 x 121.9 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
El Jamon
2014 
Wood veneer, shellac, acrylic, oil paint
58 1/2 x 76 in.
148.6 x 193 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Kelso
2013
Wood veneer, shellac and acrylic on panel
50 x 47 x 1 1/4 in. 
127 x 119.4 x 3.2 cm

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Exhibition view at Chateau Nyon 

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
The Optimist's Ennui 
2013
Wood veneer, shellac and acrylic on panel
62 1/2 x 46 1/2 in.
158.75 x 118.11 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
Silver Fox 
2013
Wood veneer and shellac on panel
53 x 51 in.
134.62 x 129.54 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
Van Cortlandt
2013
Wood veneer, shellac and oil on panel
55 1/2 x 42 in.
141 x 106.7 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
Laocoön
2013
Wood veneer, shellac and oil on panel
58 x 76 in.
147.32 x 193.04 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
Transparent Eye 
2013
Wood veneer, shellac and oil on panel
53 1/2 x 40 in.
135.9 x 101.6 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 
Brooklyn Navy Yard
2013
Wood veneer, shellac and oil on panel
36 x 30 x 3/4 in.
91.4 x 76.2 x 1.9 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Sebastian
2012
Wood veneer, oil paint, shellac
41 1/4 x 31 1/8 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Into the Wild
2012
Wood veneer, oil paint, shellac
52 1/2 x 38 1/2 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Multiple Shots with Knife Slashes 
2010
Wood veneer, oil paint, shellac
54 X 41 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Shotgun Hole with Additional Vandalism 
2009-10
Wood veneer, oil paint, shellac
55 1/2 x 38 1/2 in.
141 x 97.8 cm

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Security House 
2008-10
Wood veneer, shellac
93 X 122 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Squatter Doorway 
2009
Wood veneer, shellac
53 X 46 1/2 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Wires Ripped
2009-10
Wood veneer, shellac
61 X 29 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
The Breeder
2009-10
Wood veneer, shellac
56 X 45 in

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Exhibition view at Chateau de Nyon 

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Paradise Gates
2009
Wood veneer, shellac
47 X 70 in.

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Exhibition view at Chateau Nyon 

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Bombay Beach
2008
Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac
96 X 58 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Folie a Deux
2008
Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac
35 X 32 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Hank
2007
Marquetry, shellac
57 X 73 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Fucminster Buller
2008
Wood veneer, laquer
71 3/4 X 95 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Room
2007-08
Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac
96 X 120 X 96 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Room
2007-08
Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac
96 X 120 X 96 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Room
2007-08
Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac
96 X 120 X 96 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Wonder Valley 
2007-8
Wood veneer, shellac
47 X 70 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Chainlink 
2008
Wood veneer, shellac
34 X 46 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Era of Argus
2007
Exhibiton view at North Carolina Museum off Art 

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Era of Argus
2007
Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac
47 x 70 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Slab City
2007
Marquetry, shellac
47 X 77 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Swimming Pool
2006
Wood inlay, shellac
70 X 48 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
The Good War
2006
Wood inlay, shellac
60 X 46 in.

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Morning After Pabco
2006
Wood inlay, shellac
41 X 72 in.

Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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Alison Elizabeth Taylor has become well-known for reinvigorating the Renaissance craft of marquetry, or intarsia wood inlay.  Recently, after working within the boundaries of the limited palette afforded by natural woods, Taylor now mashes marquetry and paint in unprecedented ways creating a new perspective on painting. Taylor explains, “What interests me is a new type of surface created by the contrast of the textural qualities of the wood and the depth afforded by the paint. I found this tension was just what I needed to convey the otherworldly feeling I encountered in real life when I observed how nature adapts and mutates to accommodate encounters with the ever-encroaching urban environment.”

 

In Taylor’s earlier work, marquetry, a medium typically associated with wealth and power, is used to portray dystopian scenes of everyday life. Taylor creates tension between the luxurious connotations of the material and a certain abjectness in subject matter.  As Taylor explains, “The tension between the subject and surface of the finished wood is what compels me.  I use wood veneer to depict scenes, places, and people that are not typically represented in the medium.  The natural beauty inherent in finished wood draws attention to themes more subtle or complex.  A viewer can find dual associations with the opulence of Louis XIV and the squalor of wood laminate living.  The splendor of the shellacked wood is an invitation to look at subjects the viewer might otherwise ignore.”

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Raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Alison Elizabeth Taylor received her M.F.A. from Columbia University, Graduate School of the Arts in 2005. Important solo shows include: 2015, Musée Historique, Chateau de Nyon, Switzerland; 2013, Surface Tension, James Cohan Gallery; 2011, Surface Value, Des Moines Art Center and American Gothic: Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Aaron Spangler, SECCA, NC; 2010, Un/Inhabited at SCAD, Savannah and Atlanta and Foreclosed, James Cohan Gallery; 2009, The College of Wooster Art Museum, OH; 2008, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, James Cohan Gallery; 2006, Idyll, James Cohan Gallery. Important group shows include: 2014, First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia curated by Berta Sichel, Trees as Art, Peabody Essex Museum, MA, Stationary Realms, University of Arkansas, The Fifth Season, James Cohan Gallery, Re-presenting Representation VIII, Arnot Art Museum, NY and BEYOND EARTH ART: Contemporary Artists and the Environment, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, NY; 2013, Unfolding Tales: Selection from the Collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art; 2010, 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, NY. In 2009, Taylor received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and the Smithsonian's Artist Research Fellowship Program Award. Taylor lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Taylor’s work is included in the public collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; and Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH as well as prominent collections worldwide.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Surface Tension
October 24 - November 30, 2013
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Alison Elizabeth Taylor
Foreclosed
May 07 - June 19, 2010
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Young Americans
美国青年 Trenton Doyle Hancock, Erick Swenson, and Alison Elizabeth Taylor
September 11 - November 15, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
The Tree
June 26 - August 30, 2009
Shanghai
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Gallery Exhibition
Alison Elizabeth Taylor
May 22 - June 21, 2008
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Alison Elizabeth Taylor
Idyll
September 07 - 30, 2006
New York
Press / MediaVideos
Articles / Reviews
W Magazine
"Alison Elizabeth Taylor Is a Wizard with Wood," by Kat Herriman
Articles / Reviews
Bilan
"NYON/Le Château montre les marqueteries d'Alison Elizabeth Taylor," by Etienne Dumont
Articles / Reviews
Whitewall Magazine
"Love and (Art) Lust at Frieze," by Laura Van Straaten
Articles / Reviews
ArtSpace
Alison Elizabeth Taylor on "Harnessing the Power of Beauty" Through Marquetry By Alex Greenberger
Articles / Reviews
Out There
From the Studio to the Gallery: Surface Tension with Alison Elizabeth Taylor by Maria Brito
Articles / Reviews
Artinfo
"VIDEO: Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Veteran of Veneer," by Dion Tan
Articles / Reviews
Artcore Journal
"Alison Elizabeth Taylor Brings It to the Table," by Melissa Messina
Articles / Reviews
Ars Magazine
"Carpintera, artista y artesana," by Barbara Celis
Articles / Reviews
Art Papers
Alison Elizabeth Taylor
Articles / Reviews
Modern Painters
"Against the Grain," by Christopher Turner
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"An Artist Breathes New Life into Renaissance Ways With Wood," by Carol Kino
News
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Gallery Exhibition
I am a Lie and I am Gold
December 11, 2015 - January 23, 2016
New York, New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Winter in America
Through March 19
Kinderhook, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Crafted: Objects in Flux
August 25, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Boston, Massachussetts
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
June 19 - October 25, 2015
Nyon, Switzerland
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Gallery Exhibition
Group Exhibition
September 27, 2014 to September 20, 2015
Salem, MA
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Artist Talk/Lecture
Artist Talk
March 1, 2014 6 PM
Brooklyn, NY
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Museum Exhibition
Inaugural Biennial Exhibition
February 7 - April 7, 2014
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
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Gallery Exhibition
Group Exhibition
January 25 - June 8, 2014
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
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News / Events
Featured Artist
April 24, 2013
Brooklyn, NY
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Museum Exhibition
Three Person Exhibition
May 6 — September 4, 2011
Des Moines, IA
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Museum Exhibition
Two Person Exhibition with Aaron Spangler
April 21 - August 21, 2011
Winston-Salem, NC
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News / Events
Un/Inhabited
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
August 25--October 11, 2009
Wooster, OH
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News / Events
featuring Mary Gaitskill, A.M. Homes, and Dutchess
Books
image Alison Elizabeth Taylor: Savage Root
Publication
Alison Elizabeth Taylor: Savage Root
image Surface Value
Publication
Surface Value
image American Gothic
Publication
American Gothic
Aaron Spangler & Alison Elizabeth Taylor
Editions
image ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Scratch
Edition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Scratch
Screenprint, archival ink jet, laser cut wood veneer, collage, silver and gold leaf
image ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Schilderachtig
Edition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Schilderachtig
Screenprint, archival ink jet, collage with wood veneer and glitter
image ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: The Brite Spot
Edition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: The Brite Spot
Multi-color screenprint
image ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Panguitch Lake
Edition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Panguitch Lake
Multi-color screenprint
image ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: West Tropicana
Edition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: West Tropicana
Multi-color screenprint