Based in Atlanta, GA, artist Taylor Cox has created a unique style that is both fun and inspiring. Combining an abstract form and realistic action and characters — often of beach or mountain scenes — Cox has developed a unique approach to form and function.
Artist Taylor Cox combines the realism of beach life with abstract constructs on a colorful miniaturist format
According to her website bio, she received her B.F.A in Drawing and Painting from Kennesaw State University in 2013. There, she gained experience and insight as a painter of nudes, exhibition coordinator, and full-time critique attendee. Her work has been exhibited across the country, abroad and at Swan Coach House Gallery, Kibbee Gallery and MOCA-GA in Atlanta, Ga.
We found artist Taylor Cox on Instagram and thought her collection was memorable and eye-catching. She was kind enough to respond to a few questions to give her take on her amazing abstraction and miniature paintings.
Artistic Fuel: How early on do you remember creating art?
I remember painting on an easel lined with paper outside in the summer with my brother and friends when I was very young. My mom is a quilter and is very crafty so I was always working on different craft projects. It wasn’t until middle school that I distinctly remember making artwork that my mom actually wanted to frame.
A|F: What inspires your work, and have you seen the inspiration change over the years?
Experimentation is what usually leads to inspiration for me. I can recall sitting in my studio one day and I had no inspiration whatsoever. So I just sat there and looked around my messy studio. I had hung up a few paintbrushes on my wall and thought about the possibility of turning one into an actual piece of art. So I dipped it in a tub of paint and let it dry. Once it was dry I painted a swimmer in it and that is how I got my paintbrush series. Inspiration finds me working. I would say that the inspiration for my work has stayed pretty consistent over the past 4 years. For me, it is about playing around with different abstract worlds and envisioning how the people fit into those worlds.
A|F: What’s keeping artist Taylor Cox motivated in 2020?
2020 has been a very hard year for every single person. I had plans for a lot of series releases, but I took a break in March when everything shut down. I have spoken to several artists who have all had moments the past few months, where they had no desire to paint. When that happens to me I know it means I need a break. If I am still having a hard time I usually start experimenting. That sparks some excitement and then I can’t wait to get back to my studio every day. I am very thankful for the many commissions I have received during this time as well. Without them, I am not sure if I would still be able to continue as a full-time artist.