Where are you from originally and where do you live now?
I am originally from Stockton California and I currently live in Soquel California, which is basically the same as saying Santa Cruz.
Tell us about this series. Are they painted from photographs?
This group of paintings is from a new series that I began working on earlier this year, but they really stem from a very large painting that I spent about a year working on, which never found resolution. In a way this series is also an homage to dejeuner paintings which I love, and are perhaps an attempt on my part to recreate some of that romance for myself in a way that I struggle to in the everyday. The paintings are not painted from photographs, but I believe that they do reference some notion of a realistic possibility.
How do you come up with the names of your series?
Because this set of paintings has functioned as a group for me from their initial conception it made sense to use a numbering system. The 'nl' stands for 'nude lunch' and is abbreviated as an attempt towards a bit of subtlety.
Some of your paintings are quite large. Do you approach the work differently?
I don't consciously approach the work differently based upon scale. I just try to make good paintings.
No Plates. 72" x 48".
How do you feel about abstract versus figurative art as you seem to straddle both genres?
I often find that for myself a scribble can feel more honest than a form that tries to be convincing, even though I would suggest that most all of my work is in some way looking towards the figurative. And that as I become less certain of anything at all that honesty becomes more and more important.
What kind of work are you currently making? Any exciting projects on the horizon?
I am currently wrapping up other paintings from this series, some of which were paintings that I sanded down as I didn't feel they lived up to the group as a whole and I have some loose plans for where I may go next, perhaps larger and perhaps with a more compacted sense of space. I am also excited to have the opportunity to be a new adjunct at a couple local schools.
Matthew Weston Taylor's website.