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Lived/Active: Oklahoma      Known for: mod Indian figure-narrative

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Robert Lee Taylor (1951-)

A Native American of Blackfoot/Cherokee/Osage/Black Dutch, he was  born on January 30, 1951, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Profession: 
Artist; U.S. Navy, Vietnam

Media: 
Acrylic, watercolor, pen, ink, gesso

Education: 
Self-taught artist; Will Rogers High School, Tulsa, Ok, 1969; Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO.

Memberships: 
Oklahoma Indian Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK; Gallery 28, Santa Fe, NM

Exhibitions:
Cherokee National Museum; Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, OK; Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials, Gallup, NM; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma City, OK; Jane Goodall Foundation Exhibits, Dallas, TX, and Hollywood, CA; International Art Festival, NY; Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair, CA

Collections:
Oklahoma State Capitol East Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK, 2002; Oklahoma Indian Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK; Fred Jones Jr. Museum, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK; Cape Girardeau County, Trail of Tears Museum, MO; Sam Noble Museum, Edmond, OK; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Melton Art Reference Library, Oklahoma City, OK

Awards:
Eastern Trails Art Show, premium award, Vinita, OK, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979; Special Olympics Art Exhibition, premium award, Tulsa, OK, 1979; Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials, 2nd place, 3rd place award, Gallup, NM, 1982; Cherokee National Museum, Tahlequah, OK, special merit award, 1989, 1987, 1985, 1984; Five Civilized Tribe Museum, Muskogee, OK, 1988, 2nd place, 1987, honorable mention; 16th Annual Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Academic Award, 2003; Trail of Tears State park Gallery, Cape Girardeau County, MO; Special Olympics Art Exhibit, Premium Award, 1979

Published: 
Southwest Art magazine, 1997; Visions Dreams and the Wanderer, 2003; Oklahoma Today, June 1992, May/June 1994

Sources
The Explorer, 2003; Oklahoma Gazette, 2003; Focus Santa Fe, 2004; The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters; Oklahoma Indian Art Gallery; Melton Art Reference Library.

 
Information provided by the Melton Art Reference Library.


Biography from Cooper's Art Gallery & Brokerage:
• Native American Heritage – Cherokee/Osage/Blackfoot/Crow
• Raised in Tulsa, OK
• Principal works are acrylic on canvas.

• Studied privately under artists Herb Robb and Pat Gordon.

• His works are influenced by Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Paul Pletka and John Biggers.

• Robert Taylor uses the human form as a vehicle for commenting upon the human condition. Taylor delights in hidden meanings. His inspiration comes from native religions and his works are rich in the symbolic vocabulary borrowed from Plains Indian culture.

• “All art consists of symbols that give birth to different emotions. The symbols I’m interested in have to do with psychology and the human need to understand the spiritual aspects of ourselves.”

• Robert Taylor’s paintings fuse realism and symbolism, uniting images and symbols from his mixed blood heritage. The icons of diverse religions, varied Indian tribal symbols of North and South America, and metamorphic representations found in Taylor’s paintings exemplify the artist’s belief that we all belong to one universal tribe.

• Taylor is a self- taught artist who is a man with a message and it is the message, often allegorical, which is most important. A stylized, expressive technique of exaggerated form and figure is characteristic of Taylor’s paintings. Each object in each painting has a specific meaning and Taylor is happy to provide a written explanation of his paintings’ themes, whether universal or inspired by a traditional story from his heritage.

• A frequent theme within his paintings is the belief that death is inseparable from life, and the portrayal of a dissolving figure signifies that the person is becoming a part of his environment through prayer and ritual as his physical body becomes irrelevant.

• Collections of his work include… Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma Indian Art Gallery, Fred Jones Jr. Museum, Oklahoma University, Trail of Tears Museum, Sam Noble Museum, Smithsonian Institute

• His works have won numerous awards, including… the Premium Award at the Eastern Trails Art Show

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