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When Janny Taylor was a little girl, she innocently asked, “Mommy, am I pretty?” To which her mother replied, “You’re interesting looking.” That comment, clearly a seminal moment, sent Taylor on a lifelong exploration: What is beauty? What is interesting? Where do the two intersect? As Edgar Allen Poe so aptly put it, “There is no exquisite beauty…without some strangeness in the proportion.” Taylor’s most recent works, over 375 collages created during the pandemic, indeed a time of strange proportion, delve down into this fantastical dimension.
Here, a sampling of the collages and some of Taylor's paintings from her pre-pandemic art days. The full pandemic series can be viewed on Taylor's Instagram page.
If you see something/want something, please note that museum quality prints are available in a variety of sizes. Email Janny for more information.
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I sit…listen...wait. And in the quiet, the stillness, I “hear.” The imagination is captured. An expressive impulse surfaces. Creativity transpires.
Janny Taylor is an award-winning, internationally shown artist. Her work has been featured in a multitude of galleries as well as museums, including MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, NYC), and the National Catholic Museum (NYC), and she has been published in numerous places; most notably the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun Times, and O-the Oprah Magazine.
Taylor is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed, best selling book “Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal” (Penguin publishing).
In addition, she is the co-founder of the Harlem Open Artists Studio Tour, NYC and the Arizona Collage Collective. Taylor studied with the renowned feminist artist, Anita Steckel, at The Art Students League and at Parsons School of Design both in New York City. She has been living and loving in the Sonoran Desert for over a decade.
Reviews, Juror, Interviews
Interview: ShoutOut Arizona, August 2021
Art Galleries to Museums:
Here, a list of the highlights, from art galleries to museums, where Janny Taylor's work has shown.
The Art of Planetary Science Exhibition, University of Arizona, Juried Competition "SpaceCruiser Sagittarius"
Picturing 2020 - University of Arizona Museum of Art - "Daphne's Mask"
saaca - South Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Featured Artist, November 2020
Steinfeld Warehouse Art Center, Tucson, AZ
Represented by Retail, Cuchifritos, New York City, NY
Urban Earth Gallery, Corona Del Mar, California
La Superette, Deitch Projects, SoHo, NY and Participant Inc., Lower East Side, New York City, NY
Migraine Masterpieces, The John Hancock Center, Chicago, IL, Merit Award
Home & Garden, Studio Place Arts Gallery, Barre, Vermont
Manifestations II- Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, New York City, NY
Unforgettable- Berlin Kunstproject, Berlin (Kreuzberg), Germany
Glory Be!- Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, Ohio
Postcards from the Edge- Speronewestwater Gallery, Chelsea, New York City, NY
Mnemonic- LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY
Autobiographies- Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL, Best In Show
Bridal Helmets- Concourse Gallery @ the Art Student’s League, New York, NY, Best In Show
FiberArt- Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL,
Small Works Show - 80 Washington East Galleries, Greenwich Village, New York, NY, Honorable Mention
Lake County Discovery Museum, Illinois
Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, Ohio
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York City , NY
National Catholic Museum – East Harlem, New York, NY
Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour, New York, NY
Crossing Eastern Parkway, Rongio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Gazpacho- Highland Cultural Center, Highland, NY
Faces/Phases, The Alternative Gallery Space, New York City, NY (Manhattan Borough Presidents Gallery)
The RoyGBiv Society, New York, NY
artHARLEM, H.O.A.S.T. (Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour)