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About the Artist

I have had the desire to shape and expand myself and the world around me since I was a child; always searching; continuously creating. From building with Lego's, to forming bands in high school, to founding new businesses in my adult years, my path has always included the pursuit of experiential growth.

Arriving in the art business roughly 10 years ago, I have pursued being a professional artist with abandon, studying with fellow artists and constantly exhibiting my work. With over 100 solo, joint and group exhibits under my belt and over 500 local and national collectors, my sights are set on evolving my career on a national and international basis.

My artwork is also an extension of this yearning for growth. The eclectic variety in my numerous styles is the product of allowing mistakes to be a part of the art making process. I embrace the dichotomy of vision versus freedom; control versus chaos. In the spirit of freedom and chaos, I employ a plethora of textures, colors and mediums while trying not to limit myself to any single style or form.

Franz Kline, Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, and David Adickes have been my main artistic influences. My styles include abstract, figurative and landscapes and my mediums include acrylics, epoxy resin, latex and watercolor.

My artwork is simply an extension of my life and personality. My abstract paintings represent whatever it is I am feeling at the time. One layer at a time, I allow each painting to simply “become”. This process is comparable to the “mad scientist” mentality of knowing the rules and at the same time breaking them in order to find the formula hidden deep within.

Through a combination of variety, depth and the pursuit of experiential growth, each piece of art becomes unique in technique, style and emotion.

Photograph courtesy of Morris Malakoff.

BIOGRAPHY

Taft McWhorter has been selling his contemporary art in Houston for over ten years, amassing a dedicated group of over 500 local and international collectors. With over 100 exhibits under his belt, his work has now arrived on the international Art Fair stage. Taft has private studios in Los Angeles and Houston.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017   Art Palm Beach, Evan Lurie Gallery, Miami

2017   San Francisco Art Market, Evan Lurie Gallery

2017   Carmel International Arts Festival, Evan Lurie Gallery

2017   Glade Gallery, Woodlands, TX Solo Exhibit

2016   Red Dot Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery, Miami

2016   New York Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery

2016   Palm Springs Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery,  Palm Springs, FL

2016   Hamptons Fine Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2016   Houston Fine Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery

2016   Los Angeles Fine Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery

2015   Named one of Houston's 40 Most Fascinating People by The Houston Chronicle

2015   SCOPE International Art Fair, Miami, FL

2014   Selected as one of the Top Ten Painters in Houston by the Houston Press

2014   Ariodante Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Joint Exhibit with Geoff Wilder

2014   Esperson Gallery, Houston, TX, Solo Exhibit

2013   Adickes Museum, Huntsville, TX, Joint Exhibit with David Adickes

2010   Ariodante Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Solo Exhibit

2009   Art Toronto, John Palmer Gallery, Toronto, Canada *One of two featured Artists


 

LECTURES

2017   “The Business of Art”, University of Houston

2014   “The Business of Art”, Art Institute of Houston

2013   “The Business of Art”, Art Institute of New York


 

REPRESENTATION

Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN

Esperson Gallery, Houston, TX

Ariodante Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Disegno Studios, Houston, TX

Glade Gallery, Woodlands, TX

 

TaftMcWhorterArt.com 
Studio Manager, Dana McWhorter | 281.658.4073 | Dana@TaftMcWhorterArt.com

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