Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Chapin.
Taylor, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Encinitas, CA. Growing up, I always practiced art as a hobby. When I graduated from high school, I was on track to succeed and obtain a bachelor’s degree from a prestigious institution. When this didn’t work out, I realized it was because my heart wasn’t really in it. I was just going through the motions and feeling the pressure to attend college and do well. When this changed, I had to be much more deliberate about what I wanted to do.
At this crossroads, I decided to take my interest in art more seriously. I had previously dismissed it as a passion project but not something I could truly study and turn into my career. I set-up a home studio and started taking local figure drawing classes. This culminated in applying to art school. A couple of years later, I transferred to San Francisco Art Institute where my art practiced truly blossomed and transformed. I realized being an artist in every sense of the word was what I wanted to do. After receiving my degree, I moved back down to Encinitas, CA where I currently live and work as an artist.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m captivated by the magic in the mundane and am driven by a keen sense of observation and attention to atmosphere.
Painting in both oil and acrylic, my work emphasizes pattern, light, reflection, and repetition. Kitsch, consumerism, euphemisms and voyeuristic separation are examined to suggest the inherent comedy, and absurdity, of daily life. I paint routine moments and objects to enhance the elusive beauty in everyday existence. My work highlights the significance of the current moment while often poking fun at how ridiculous it can be.
I choose to solidify subtle moments through painting in ways that our technology-based culture is unable to address. The essence of creating a painting in itself counteracts our culture of instant gratification and obsessive real-time documentation. My process of painting, as well as my finished paintings, attempt to slow down our fast-paced world, to memorialize precious, overlooked moments. I often stumble upon unusual beauty in unforeseen circumstances. My work exemplifies these exquisite “in-between” moments.
How can artists connect with other artists?
It can definitely be lonely being an artist. I often find myself alone at my studio with only my thoughts and my paintings to keep me company. I have been lucky enough to find a studio that has a communal working space, so I’ve been able to meet and work alongside some incredible artists through this shared space. I also recommend going out and supporting local art events. These types of events really bring together the art community and establish artistic connections that are often hard to find otherwise.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work will be on display for the month of November at Culture Brewing Co. in Encinitas, CA. I am also preparing for a solo show at Hill Street Country Club art gallery in Oceanside, CA that will be going up in June 2019. People can browse my website, www.taylorchapin.com, to get a more comprehensive look at the breadth of my work. Also, people can check me out on Instagram, @blackbearss, to see what I’ve been up to.
- Website: www.taylorchapin.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @blackbearss