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About the Artist
I am a product of the turbulent and emotion-packed 1960's, first only a street kid in the Lonsdale Homes Community of North Knoxville, then a rock-and-roll drummer in a regionally famous funk band 'Freddy and the Flamingo's' opening for such acts as Funkadelic, Bill Withers, Rufus Thomas, and Mary Wells, just to name a few.
When my life was my Art and Music, sporting bigger than real Afro hair and fur- trimmed knee-high boots, rocking Knoxville's world. I later worked as a draftsman for TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority), and then I joined the Knoxville Police Department.
A few years later, when the artistic urge was too strong to deny, I relocated to Washington, D.C., establishing Geneva Galleries Inc.
Vicissitude, the core expression of my artistic exploration,
Is based on an abstract geometrical triptych expressing what I felt and experienced as a young man in the south of the 1960's with the challenges of intergration and trying to interpret the stories my father Eldred Libby Taylor told me about his childhood in Georgia. The idea for the three panels came to me over a six-year period, they represent the Past, Present, and Future of the black race, associated with each panel, are paintings and drawings I designed using Pencil and chalk pastel to represent that time in our vast history. It is my hope to engage my audience with subliminal imagery to tell the stories I feel should be preserved as a reflection of who we are and the brevity of our ancestral sacrafice and struggle for freedom and equality.
W James Taylor DGA
Every Artist Has a Story …
and Every Story has its Vicissitudes
My story began as a young boy painting a picture of a cantaloupe for my Mother “Geneva”, of course she said it was the best still life painting she had ever seen. This started me on my journey into the Fine Art World, absorbing everything I could about the Past Masters and Artist of the day. I set out in 1975 to explore the Fine Art Community and to educate myself on the finer points of the Fine Art Industry. My passion is to educate my viewing audience with Chalk Pastel Paintings, Graphite (Pencil) drawings of the 1960 civil rights struggle with powerful subliminal images depicting the stories told to me as a child by my father Eldred Taylor about his life and what he had to endure during the “Jim Crow” years and the effect it had on the African American Artist living during this time in history.
This journey has taught me a lot about what it takes to be relevant in today’s fine art market.
It’s not always the best that win, but it’s always the persistence to continue a dream with no resistance
that makes you a winner.
The majority of the material I use for painting I see in every African American Artist’s work. I notice that we draw from the same sources outwardly and as well deep inside our soul, it’s inevitable. So I ventured on a slightly different path.
I want my audience to see beyond the so called “Black Artist” label. I want them to first see the vivid colors, composition
beauty of the images, then to recognize its meaning and ponder the many questions associated with the stories they tell of our vast history. Images like Burning Village, Black water, Strange Fruit and Busing tell a story that I feel needs to be preserved and remembered always.
It’s no longer the question of African American Art and its place in the Fine Art Community, we have been here all along, it’s time for us as artist to embrace the fast rising Fine Art Market and learn how to communicate effectively beyond the labels.
Geneva Galleries Inc. is about the business of Educating the consumer on the Vicissitudes of a Race of people through my personal Chalk Pastel Paintings and Motivational Seminars.
Helping Emerging Artist’s with Career Management Strategies designed specifically for GicleePublishing and targeted trade show Inclusion.
It is my hope that with the many years I have worked in the Fine Art Trade something that I reveal to you can help propel your story as you experience the Vicissitudes of your life.
“When Love and Skill work together, expect a Masterpiece”