About the Artists:

Wisconsin-based artist Richard Taylor is a sculptor, and also a painter. He describes his work as a distillation of life experiences, often seen through the influences of music and poetry with the cadences, rhythms, and syncopations resonating within and informing the spirits of his pieces.

Much of Taylor's work happens in series, allowing him to pursue various ideas from multiple angles as he creates a group of work that explores several variations on a single theme. His three-dimensional forms built in steel or aluminum act as canvases for a variety of paint applications, either in large sections of bold, solid colors, or in layer after layer of different colors carefully applied and sometimes stripped away to either conceal or reveal what is underneath.


Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2012 Paine Museum of Art, 2 person show, Oshkosh, WI
2011 OK Harris Works of Art, solo show, New York, NY
2010 KH Gallery, 2 person show, Chicago, IL
2009 "Off the Wall," solo show, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2008 Circa Gallery, 2 person show, Minneapolis, MN
2008 Wisconsin Museum of Art, solo show, West Bend, WI
2007 OK Harris Works of Art, solo show, New York, NY
2007 Tory Folliard Gallery, 2 person show, Milwaukee, WI
2006 Mary Bell Gallery, 2 person show, Chicago, IL
2005 Cardinal Stritch University, solo show, Glendale, WI
2005 Lakeland College, solo show, Sheboygan, WI
2004 Waukesha Civic Theater, 2 person show, Waukesha, WI
2003 Kahler-Slater Architects, solo show, Milwaukee, WI
2002 OK Harris Works of Art, solo show, New York, NY
2001 Nortel Networks Gallery, solo show, Santa Clara, CA
1989 Aristoi Gallery, solo show, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 "25th Anniversary," Sculpturesite Gallery, Glen Ellen, CA
2015 SFMOMA Artists Gallery, 3 person show, San Francisco, CA
2015 Tory Folliard Gallery, Miwaukee, WI
2015 Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA
2015 James Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2014 Wisconsin Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI
2014 Gallery 224, Port Washington, WI
2013 ”Out of the Suitcase”, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
2013 Coral Gables Museum, Coral Gables, FL
2013 Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA
2012 "the WALL show," A New Leaf Gallery | Sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2012 Joseph Gierek Fine Art, Tulsa, OK
2012 Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA
2012 "Focus on Color," Miller Art Center, Sturgeon Bay, W
2012 Cardinal Stritch University, Glendale, WI
2012 "Continuum 2012," Universtiy of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
2011 Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA
2011 Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2011 Art in Public Places Sculpture Exhibition, Stamford, CT
2010 Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2009 University of New England - Portland Campus, Portland ME
2009 "Works on Paper," Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA
2009 Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
2008 SOPA Gallery, 3 person show, Kelowna, BC, Canada
2008 Tory Folliard Gallery, Anniversary Show, Milwaukee, MI
2008 Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2007 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI
2006 Kajima Sculpture Awards Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Fresh Paint, Los Angeles, CA
2006 "Continuum 5," University of Wisconsin, Inova, Milwaukee, WI
2005 "Paint on Metal," Tucson Art Museum, Tucson, AZ
2005 ”Urban Camouflage,” Luckystar Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2005 Artscape, outdoor sculpture show, Milwaukee, WI
2004 Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL
2004 Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2004 3rd Ward Sculpture Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI
2004 Niemi Sculpture Gallery, Kenosha, WI
2003 Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2003 West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, WI
2003 "Wisconsin Presents," Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI
2003 Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2003 Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2002 "3-D Chicago" Maquette Show, Field Museum, Chicago, IL
2002 Mad River, San Francisco, CA
2002 Ira Pinto Gallery, Washington DC
2002 Navy Pier Sculpture Exhibition, Chicago, IL, curated by Dave Hickey
2001 Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 “Abstract Show," Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001 Europa Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2001 Woodlot Gallery, Sheboygan, WI
2001 TBA Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2001 Emory Fine Arts, Saugatuck, MI
2001 West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, WI
2000 Pier Walk 2000 Sculpture Exhibition, Chicago, IL
2000 Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 Woodlot Gallery, Sheboygan, WI
1999 DeLind Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1998 "Beyond the Object: Public Art," Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
1994-1996 Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1992 La Galleria Del Conte, Milwaukee, WI
1991 Master’s Thesis Show, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1988 “Really Big Shoe," University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1983-1984 San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

Selected Commissions
550 Washington Building, Chicago, IL
All Saints Hospital, Racine, WI
Allen Bradley Corp., Milwaukee, WI
Badger Meter Corp., Brown Deer, WI
Blettner Building, Madison, WI
Children’s Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
Curative Rehabilitation, Milwaukee,WI
Eppstein Uhen Architects, Milwaukee, WI
Esker Hall, UW-Whitewater, % for Art Commission
Flad Architects, Madison, WI
Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
General Electric Medical Systems, Pewaukee, WI
Guaranty Bank, Milwaukee, WI
Kaiser Hospitals, CA
Marnell Corrao, Shreveport, LA
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Mc Kinley Marina, Milwaukee County
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Quad/Graphics, Pewaukee, WI; Sussex, WI; Lomira, WI; The Rock, GA; Saratoga Springs, NY
Rockwell International, Milwaukee, WI
Ruud Lighting, Racine, WI
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Santa Clara, CA
SC Johnson Co., Racine, WI
St. Luke's Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Modesto, CA
Taylor’s, Milwaukee, WI
U.S. Robotics, Chicago, IL
Valley Center Hospital, Santa Clara, CA
Virchow Krause, Madison, WI
Waukesha County Transit Station, Waukesha, WI
YMCA, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Public Art Commissions
City of East Lansing, MI
City of Skokie, IL
City of Dowagiac, MI
City of Wauwatosa, WI
City of Mount Vernon, IL
City of Green Bay, WI / Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council
Transit Center, City of Waukesha, WI
Hardy Ivy Park, City of Atlanta, GA
City Park, City of Beaverton, OR
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, WI
LaSalle Building, State of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
Janesville Public Library, Janesville, WI
Milwaukee Public Central Library, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Collections
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Neiman Marcus
General Electric Medical Systems, Pewaukee, WI
Milwaukee Riverwalk
Rockwell International
Rouse Properties, New York, NY
Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
Koehler Winery, Santa Barbara, CA
Hewlett-Packard, Colorado Springs, CO
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Selected Art Donations
Alzheimers Fund, Milwaukee, WI
SRAM Bikes for Africa, New York, NY
AIDS Auction, Milwaukee, WI
Art Pop, Art for AIDS, Milwaukee, WI
Oshkosh Nutcracker Fund, Oshkosh, WI
Madison Youth Symphony, Madison, WI
Team Connor Childhood Cancer Foundation, Dallas, TX
MIAD Scholarship Fund, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Publications
2005 “Paint on Metal”, Tucson Museum of Art
2002 “Navy Pier Walk”, Chicago Navy Pier Sculpture Exhibition

Selected Awards
2011 "Artist of the Year," Milwaukee Arts Board
2011 Winner, Louis Weinberg Sculpture Competition, Skokie Sculpture Park, Skokie, IL
2005 Semi-finalist, Kajima Sculpture Competition, Tokyo, Japan

Professional Experience
1988-Present Self-employed artist
2011-2014 Adjunct Instructor, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
1987-1999 Artist-in-residence, Quad/Graphics, Pewaukee, WI (part-time)
1990-1991 Instructor in Life Drawing, Basic Drawing, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1976-1978 Saxophonist, Jose Martinez Orchestra

1991 MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1981-84 Part-time studies, Fine Arts, San Diego Mesa College; San Diego City College; University of California at San Diego
1981 BA, Art History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI


My work is a distillation of life experiences, often seen through the influences of music and poetry. I allow the cadences, rhythms, and syncopations of the musical and the poetic to resonate within and inform the spirits of my pieces.

Sometimes found objects from walks serve as metaphors for the experiences and wisdom we accumulate walking through life. I use their shapes in metal and in paint to echo their continued callings to us as they are then found in new circumstances.

Certain works are between painting and sculpture. The painted wall sculptures and painted standing sculptures fall into this category. Time plays a very essential part in these works as they are not so much about the details of the past as they are about the essence of remaining memories.

The painted wall sculptures address remnants of my emotions connected with specific places in the past: The memory of sitting in a station wagon back seat as a child, witnessing the light falling on a clapboard building in the south; the heat of the desert air as I passed through it to buy bread at a desert bakery.

Painted standing sculptures recall those people in my life who have shaped my character and sculpted my being through their actions, examples, and spirits. They are my sentinels; my guideposts in my walk through life.


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Associated Exhibitions

In the Gallery
August 28 - November 5, 2016
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25th Anniversary
August 29 - December 5, 2015
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the WALL show
Wall Hung Works by Eight Sculptors
March 7 - June 4, 2012
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