Stephen Taylor is a California Native, born and raised in Southern California. He currently resides in San Antonio Texas with his wife and three young girls. He is a full time student at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he is set to graduate with his MFA in Painting in December of 2018. He is a current student, teacher, and business owner. Stephen graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a BFA in painting and has show history throughout Texas, California, and New Jersey. The art Stephen produces focuses on the fun, energetic, freedom of the human spirit. Even in handling sensitive topics within social issues today, Stephen strives to focus on the individuals character, heart, or spirit. Currently, Stephen is working on a set of works to display the relationships between human character and animals.
2016 - PRESENT
SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN (MFA, May 2019)
2008 - 2010 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (USC)
- Graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts. 3.4 GPA
- Winner of Falicitas Whelan Award for Outstanding young artist
- Best of Show 2009-2010 Student Exhibition
2006 – 2008
- Best of Show In 2007 Martin Museum South Texas Fine Arts Exhibition
- Best of Show in 2008 Martin Museum Student Exhibition
- Personal Studio Assistant for Karl Umlauf (Artist in Residence)
2010 - 2011 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
- Built Art Department for Liberty Christian Christina Schools Upper school (9-12)
- Introduce curriculem and technique instruction to grades 7 - 12
2012 - Present, PRIVATE LABEL STUDIO INC,
Private Label Studio is a company my wife and I started through my artwork consisting of Fine Arts and Marketing. During this time, I worked as a professional Artist in Los Angeles California and Orange County.
2014 – PRESENT
- Build Art Department for BASIS San Antonio North Central
- Teach Grades 6th – 12
- Train Art teachers
- Handle Budgetary issues.
EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERYINFO
2015 - Tidwell Bible Building, Baylor University (Commission)
2014 - Beverly Hills Affair in the Gardens Art Competition (2nd Place Drawing)
2013 - Beverly Hills Affair in the Gardens Art Competition (3rd Place Drawing)
2012 - 2014 Multiple commissions and sales through Gallery HB
2012 - Museum Natural History Los Angeles "Dino Hall"
2012 - Guitartown, Los Angeles
2012 - Hitchcock Burton Show, New Jersey, NJ
2011 - Lawrence Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca
2011 - Fischer Museum, Los Angeles, Ca
2011 (Spring)- Fischer Museum, Los Angeles, Ca
2011 (Fall) - Fischer Museum, Los Angeles, Ca
2010 (Fall) - Fischer Museum, Los Angeles, Ca
2009 - Brewery Art Walk, Los Angeles, Ca
2009 - Lawrence Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca
2008 (Spring) Martin Museum, Waco,Tx
2008 (Fall) Martin Museum, Waco, Tx
2008 Texas Friends Museum, Dallas, T
My works have become celebrations of life, and of the individual character of a child that needs to be celebrated. My medium, which is charcoal powder, is perhaps the very first material used to create art, dating back to the Cave in Lascaux, France. By keeping my subject black and white, it allows the viewer to focus on the seriousness of the subject to the exclusion of all else. These portraits have become a celebration of the human spirit that we all must learn to see. I create these images as my creator created me. It says in Genesis 2:8 “Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.” Just as my Lord and Savior created man out of dust, I choose to create images of celebration out of the same. In addition, the charcoal is more than just dust. It is tender, like the human spirit and body. It smudges easily, can be erased, is easily manipulated, and can be layered. The paper I use, like our skin, can be scarred, torn, or cut. The largeness of the image refers to the larger then life characteristics of the subject. All of these aspects make it the perfect medium with which to create my subjects since the both are equally the same.