Mélisa Taylor
Quebec, Canada

The natural world is the blue-print for my work while allusions to past and contemporary culture inform its development. I build up an aesthetic of duality through the hybridization of divergent approaches to art. My studio practice is labour-intensive as I get involved with materiality and techniques from the realm of traditional painting, craft, design and renovation. I rely preponderately on commercial tools such as blow torches and electrical sanders for the making of my paintings, typically human scale. In the tradition of Process art, I seek the presence of external variables such as natural physical properties -heat or friction for instance- to inject unpredictability in my art-making. As I stand witnessing organic processes is the idea of embracing chance and intervening with intuitive timing. In an interplay of randomness, intuition and conditioning, I attempt to build a visual language of formal analogies evocative of the notions of heritage and identity as cyclical,?ambiguous and unresolved entities. My recent work explores the assimilation of aerosol painting, pyrography and sanding on wood. In the series Turbulences, I investigate the possibilities when arbitrary gestures are set out to coexist with mechanical grid geometry. My interest lies in how our visual perception can be solicited and sustained by an impression of the ethereal derived from complex patterns and repetition. In the resulting imagery, I am suggesting a discoverable lattice of motifs emerging out of defacement and obscuration where allusions to natural phenomena act as allegories for the human experience.

Artist and Customer Comments

Mélisa Taylor 2/23/2016 | 1:46 PM

It has been a very exciting week-end on Ugallery, two works from the "Turbulences" series have been acquired into private collections in New Jersey. Very pleased!

Mélisa Taylor 6/15/2015 | 12:50 PM

Thank you so much for your kind words! :)

C Maib 6/15/2015 | 9:47 AM

Just taking a wander through this site, and your work caught my eye. Holy cow, I absolutely LOVE what you do, it's surreal and beautiful and so incredibly inventive and creative. I only hope to be that good one day. :)

Mélisa Taylor 9/29/2014 | 10:42 AM

Hello Art lovers! I am very excited about my latest series. I rekindled with a smaller scale for this one...soon up on UGALLERY! :)

krnhersh 9/16/2014 | 7:29 AM

congrats!! that's terrific.... how many will u show? which ones? very exciting.. k

Mélisa Taylor 9/16/2014 | 6:50 AM

I am happy to announce that a selection of my paintings are headed to Texas for the Houston Fine Art Fair opening this Thursday, Sept. 18th...very excited!

Mélisa Taylor 9/16/2014 | 6:45 AM

Thank you all for the nice words! makes my day :) Mélisa

commentsAt Sea Between Fossils and Satellites 3
krnhersh 9/15/2014 | 8:22 PM

I love this- I see so much going on in there-- what a gift u have.....thanks k

Mélisa Taylor 6/10/2014 | 11:17 AM

Thanks a lot for the nice comments! :)

commentsBird on a Wire, from the series "Sateen"
P Hammonds 5/15/2014 | 4:22 PM

Love this work. The geometry and cross-hatching + the assymetry are lovely. Wishing you the best.

commentsBird on a Wire, from the series "Sateen"
c_programmer 5/10/2014 | 5:08 PM

Just want to say that I love this painting as well as the rest of your work. The paintings are beautiful and bold, which is something I rarely say.

Turbulences 14

Acrylic painting on wood
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72" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
50 lbs. 0 oz.


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"Turbulences 14" explores the assimilation of aerosol painting, pyrography and sanding techniques on wood. This ethereal series solicits our visual perception by suggesting a discoverable lattice of motifs emerging out of defacement and obscuration.

This piece is on a cradled wood panel with clean natural wood edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang, horizontal or vertical.

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.


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