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From Realism to Abstraction: The Art of J. B. Taylor

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Adriana Davies
978-1-55238-743-6 (Institutional PDF)
978-1-55238-748-1 (ePub)
$42.95 CAD / $49.95 USD
186 pages
112 colour images, 28 b&w images, notes, bibliography, index
Art in Profile: Canadian Art and Architecture
February 2014


About the Book: 

AUTHOR TALK with Betsy Boone

Oct 29, 2015, at 5:15 pm

Fine Arts Building room 2-20, University of Alberta

Part of the Department of Art & Design Speaker Series

J. B. (Jack) Taylor (1917-1970) was an important figure in the history of Banff and western Canada's artistic community. Inspired by the locale, Taylor spent his career striving to depict the idea of the mountain, moving over time from traditional representations of nature to an intuitive perception of the essential elements of landscape rock, water, and sky. Always, he sought to capture his ideas through the development of a new visual language. He applied this new vernacular to a range of studies encompassing portraiture through to other landscapes.

Filled with images of his work and photographs of his life as an artist and teacher in western Canada, this book is the first to focus completely on J.B. Taylor, his importance to the western Canadian and Banff artistic communities, and his role in the transition from traditional, eastern, North American and European landscape ideals and technique to a more abstract representation and the formation of a new aesthetic of the wilderness based on the mountains of the West.

About the Author(s): 

Adriana A. Davies is a well-known researcher, writer, editor and poet. She was the Executive Director of the Alberta Museums Association for thirteen years and founding Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation. In 2010, she was invested in the Order of Canada for contributions to heritage.

Shortlisted, Trade Non-fiction Book Award, 2015 (Alberta Book Publishing Awards)
Shortlisted, Melva J. Dwyer Award, 2015 (ARLIS/NA)