Arete Gallery: Robert Taylor Painting of Bob Marley

Robert Taylor

Meet the Artist

I majored in graphic design and fine art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Following my art studies, I pursued a career in marketing, advertising, and packaging design, directing scores of high-profile brand identity initiatives on behalf of multinational corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Disney, and Mattel Toys.

My experimentation with painting started about 22 years ago. I had just returned to my hometown of Bethlehem, PA, following a 10-year marketing stint in Los Angeles. While I studied art and design at the college level, I had never pursued any formal training in painting. That said, 20 years in the advertising and marketing business honed my sense of composition, color, and design.

After I decided to give this a shot, my next decision was both simple and daunting: What should I paint? From an early age, I really enjoyed drawing people. I have also always loved music. In fact, my earliest creative influence was listening to my brothers’ album collections while poring over the album cover art. The Beatles had an especially profound impact. After considering all of this, I decided to paint my favorite musicians.

So, things evolved, I staged my first show in 2001, sales were good from the start, and this became a more serious pursuit. Without much forethought or intent, I became a painter of what is now called ‘fan art’. I like to think I’ve elevated that genre, but who knows? All I can say is, there’s little in this life that makes me feel better than those moments when people respond to my work with real emotion. It’s happened a lot, and it doesn’t get any better than that.

My work hangs in many private collections around the country. In addition to musicians, I’ve done lots of other types of work. I created a whimsical series of fish that sold to a collector in Turks and Caicos, a series of fruit and vegetable series in an Impressionist style that sold to a collector, and several commissioned animal portraits.

I am thrilled to be showing my paintings at Arete Gallery, the first time my work will be on display here in New Hope. Thanks to Kim for reaching out to me, and thanks to Grady and Tom for their insights and support. I hope you enjoy viewing my paintings as much as I enjoyed creating them. Rock on!

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