Taylor Hawkins was born in 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended DuPont Manual high school and was in the Visual Arts Program. He is a 2012 graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design. Taylor’s paintings touch the intangible relationship between subjects and their depictions, and the physicality of the paint itself. Taylor Hawkins recently won the Workman Prize because of his merit in Fine Arts with a focus in painting. He was also one of six award winners in the AICUO Awards for Excellence in the Visual Arts. Taylors also had one of his paintings displayed in the Ohio Governor’s Office.
I am continuously searching for artists and acknowledging how open and how alive painting is. Artist Charlotte Mullins states, “Figure painting is currently experiencing a major revival… In recent decades, a painting as a whole has often been talked about as being in the doldrums, of being moribund or even dead.” I strongly agree, with the addition that not only figure, but all painting is experiencing revival. Mass media has given young artists like me a chance to see art from all aspects of the world reflecting our different cultures, making it a constant race, a race that I have indulged myself into while realizing that there are multiple ways to paint a picture. There is a freedom about painting. This race and freedom together create a struggle within my work and shape the questions, what is a valid subject to paint? What is a valid emotion to paint? How do you paint it? This struggle is a way oil paint is an active experience of a life which is very unpredictable. I am taking the reality of the paint itself and the actual experience I have seen or been through, and depicting a picture. It is a battle between painting and a battle within me. I am repeatedly discovering new ways of relating two completely different subjects. My paintings want to touch the intangible relationships between subjects and their depictions, and the physicality of the paint itself.