Synopses & Reviews
This color-illustrated work describes the life, art, and influencesof Western Canadian painter and teacher J. B. Taylor (1917-1970) and examines his work within the landscape tradition and within thecontext of Albertan and Canadian art history. Emphasizing the importance of his journey westward and his encounters with theCanadian Rocky Mountains, the source of his artistic inspiration, the book focuses on his mountains and landscapes, but there are alsochapters on his depictions of Italian architecture and his portraits. The book features color paintings on every page, plus someb&w photos from personal collections. It also contains a chronology and a list of selected exhibitions. It is distributed in the US by Michigan State University Press.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Highly respected as an Alberta artist and teacher, J. B. (Jack) Taylor (1917–1970) is best known for his representational, semi-abstract, and abstract paintings of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Taylor’s initial influences were the American landscape painters of the latter half of the nineteenth century. Ultimately, he moved from a more traditional representation of nature to an intuitive perception of the essential elements of landscape – rock, water, and sky – as impacted by light. Rather than presenting mountains in all their majesty, using acrylics and other media, he captured the aura of the mountains in a unique and abstract style.
About the Author
Adriana A. Davies is an established researcher, writer, editor, and poet. She was the Executive Director of the Alberta Museums Association for thirteen years and founding Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation.