Artist's photo

Taylor
Mazer

Grand Rapids, MI

Taylor Mazer has a keen eye for the city. But what you won’t find in his work are sweeping skylines or postcard views of famous monuments. Rather Mazer favors the less glamorous side of the city. Street signs, lamp polls, highways and electrical lines are all common images in his work.

His meticulously detailed drawings are both elegant and gritty. It’s hard to look at a Taylor’s drawing and not want to get up close to follow his lines, or to become captivated by his dramatic shading, and stark light and dark contrasts. So when Taylor draws a trashcan or a street pole, he’s not shedding a negative light on the city (in fact, he seems to love it!), rather he is simply asking that we look at it from the less obvious perspective. And sometimes that makes all the difference.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Drawings in Ink, Artists’ Own, Lafayette, IN
2012 Colluvium, Byrneboehm Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2013 Selections from INDA 8, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2013 Rights of Passage, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2012 10 under 40, River Gallery, Chelsea, MI
2011 Artprize, The SPOT, Grand Rapids, MI
2011 Festival of the Arts, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Grand Rapids, MI

PUBLICATION/BIBLIOGRAPHY

2013 International Drawing Annual 8, Manifest Gallery.
2013 The Macguffin Winter Issue, Schoolcraft College.
2012 Bluecanvas Issue 14
2011 491 Magazine Issue Five
2011 Covalence Magazine
2010-11 South Jersey Underground. Featured Artist.
2006 Café Review.
2011 Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, p. 73, reproduction. Print.

ART FAIRS

2013 Art in the Park, Highland, IL
2013 Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL
2013 Rockford Art Museum Greenwich Village Art Fair, Rockford, IL
2013 Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo, OH
2013 Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2013 57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2013 St. Charles Fine Art Fair, St. Charles, IL
2013 Garage Sale Art Fair, Kalamazoo, MI
2012 Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL
2012 Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
2012 Grand Haven Art Fair, Grand Haven, MI
2012 Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2012 57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2012 St. Charles Art Fair, St. Charles, IL
2012 Garage Sale Art Fair, Kalamazoo, MI
2011 Grand Haven Art Fair, Grand Haven, MI
2011 57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2010 Wells Street Fall Fest, Chicago, IL
2010 57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2009 57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL

LECTURES

2013 Guest Speaker, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
2013 Guest Speaker for David Gianfredi’s Introduction to Illustration, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
2011 An Evening with Taylor Mazer, Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI

Teaching Experience

I am currently Adjunct Faculty and a Continuing Studies instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI.

2009 57th Street Art Fair, Honorable Mention
2011 57th Street Art Fair, Vi Fogel Uretz Award
2012 St. Charles Fine Art Fair, Best of 2D and Judges Award
2012 Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Award of Excellence
2013 St. Charles Fine Art Fair, Award of Excellence
2013 Manifest Gallery, Best of Show: Rights of Passage Exhibition
2013 Crosby Festival of the Arts, 2nd Place in Graphics
2013 Rockford Art Museum Greenwich Village Art Fair, Judge's Award
2013 Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Honorable Mention
2013 Highland Art in the Park, Best of Show

BFA in Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI.

Curator's photo

Represented by:
Stephanie Coate

More on Taylor:

When drawing, Taylor watches Batman cartoons from the nineties
He has put himself and his cat in many of his drawings
In four years, Taylor has fallen asleep while drawing eight times