Video by Dion Tan for ArtInfo: Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Vetreran of Veneer 24/10/13

 

 

Brooklyn-based, Las Vegas native 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.

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Artist Talk/Lecture
Alison Elizabeth Taylor at The Brooklyn Museum
Artist Talk
March 1, 2014 6 PM
Brooklyn, NY
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Gallery Exhibition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Surface Tension
October 24 - November 30, 2013
New York
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News / Events
Alison Elizabeth Taylor in Brooklyn Museum Artist Ball 2013
Featured Artist
April 24, 2013
Brooklyn, NY
ArtworksThumbnails
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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 Untitled, 2014 Wood veneer, shellac 55 x 48 in. (139.7 x 121.9 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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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 Medusa, 2013 Wood veneer, shellac and oil on panel 59 x 45 in. (149.9 x 114.3 cm)

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Sebastian II, 2013 Wood veneer, shellac and oil on panel 72 x 53 in. (182.9 x 134.6 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 Schilderachtig, 2013 Screenprint, archival ink jet, collage with wood veneer and glitter 28 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (72.4 x 57.1 cm) Edition of 30

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Scratch, 2013 Screenprint, archival ink jet, laser cut wood veneer, collage, silver and gold leaf 20 1/2 x 28 in. (52.1 x 71.1 cm) Edition of 30

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Red Morning, 2012 Wood veneer, oil paint, shellac 40 1/4 x 30 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Sebastian, 2012 Wood veneer, oil paint, shellac 41 1/4 x 31 1/8 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Trailhead, 2012 Wood veneer, oil paint, shellac 42 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Into the Wild, 2012 Wood veneer, oil paint, shellac 52 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Armstrong Congoleum II, 2012 Wood veneer, shellac 47 x 65 x 3/8 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Multiple Shots with Knife Slashes, 2010 Wood veneer, oil paint, shellac 54 X 41 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Geodesic #1, Geodesic #2, and Geodesic #3, 2010 Wood veneer, shellac 8 X 11 inches, each
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Beware, 2010 Wood veneer, shellac 12 X 21 1/2 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Security House, 2008-10 Wood veneer, shellac 93 X 122 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Security House, 2008-10 (Detail)
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Security House, 2008-10 (Detail)
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Squatter Doorway, 2009 Wood veneer, shellac 53 X 46 1/2 inches

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

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Exterior Wires, 2010 Wood veneer, shellac 12 X 9 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Switch, 2009 Wood veneer, shellac 14 X 11 1/2 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Tap Left On, 2009-10 Wood veneer, shellac 71 X 75 X 48 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Tap Left On, 2009-10 Wood veneer, shellac 71 X 75 X 48 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR The Breeder, 2009-10 Wood veneer, shellac 56 X 45 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Paradise Gates, 2009 Wood veneer, shellac 47 X 70 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Bombay Beach, 2008 Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac 96 X 58 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR The Tattooist, 2008 Wood veneer, pyrography, schellac 54 X 41 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Folie a Deux, 2008 Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac 35 X 32 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Hank, 2007 Marquetry, shellac 57 X 73 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Hank, 2007 Marquetry, shellac 57 X 73 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Fucminster Buller, 2008 Wood veneer, laquer 71 3/4 X 95 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Room, 2007-08 Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac 96 X 120 X 96 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Room, 2007-08 Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac 96 X 120 X 96 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Room, 2007-08 Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac 96 X 120 X 96 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Room, 2007-08 Wood veneer, pyrography, shellac 96 X 120 X 96 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Wonder Valley, 2007-8 Wood veneer, shellac 47 X 70 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Chainlink, 2008 Wood veneer, shellac 34 X 46 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Slab City, 2007 Marquetry, shellac 47 X 77 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR 29 Palms, 2007 Wood veneer, shellac 47 X 77 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Redrock 2006 Wood inlay, shellac  77 x 47 in. (195.6 x 119.4 cm)

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Swimming Pool, 2006 Wood inlay, shellac 70 X 48 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Russell Road, 2006 Wood inlay, polymer 36 X 47 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR The Good War, 2006 Wood inlay, shellac 60 X 46 inches
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Morning After Pabco, 2006 Wood inlay, shellac 41 X 72 inches
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 and group shows include: 2015, solo exhibition Musée Historique, Chateau de Nyon, Lake of Geneva, Switzerland; 2014, First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia curated by Berta Sichel; 2013,  Unfolding Tales: Selection from the Collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Surface Tension James Cohan Gallery; 2012, Against the Grain, at Mint Museum, NC and Museum of Art and Design, NY; 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 and 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY; 2009, The College of Wooster Art Museum, OH; 2008, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, James Cohan Gallery; 2006 Idyll, James Cohan Gallery. In 2009, Taylor received both 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 and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas 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
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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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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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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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
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Publication
Surface Value
image American Gothic
Publication
American Gothic
Aaron Spangler & Alison Elizabeth Taylor
Editions
image ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Scratch
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Scratch
Screenprint, archival ink jet, laser cut wood veneer, collage, silver and gold leaf
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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Schilderachtig
Screenprint, archival ink jet, collage with wood veneer and glitter
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Edition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: The Brite Spot
Multi-color screenprint
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Edition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Panguitch Lake
Multi-color screenprint
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Edition
ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR: West Tropicana
Multi-color screenprint