Jessie Taylor
  • Female
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • United States
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Art Interests
Art Criticism, Art History, Arts Organization, Collecting, Drawing, Education, Installation, Mixed Media, Moving Images, Museum/Gallery, Painting, Performance, Sculpture, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
Jessie Taylor was born in Torquay, England. She received an BA in Studio Art from Wheaton College, Illinois, USA (2012) and an MFA in Studio Art from Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy (2016). She has exhibited in the USA, UK, and Italy, including shows at The Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology and Biagiotti Progetto Arte both in Florence, Italy. In 2016 she participated in a self-imposed Artist Residency in Motherhood, culminating in an exhibition in Exning, UK. She currently resides in Orange County, USA.

Jessie explores the nature of painting through portraiture and themes of family history and origin. The subjects always subject to the paint and depict a visceral love for its materiality. Inspired by the birth of her own daughter, her current body of work references the baby and child photographs of living and deceased adults, including family members and more recently historical and contemporary artists. There is a playfulness in the paintings seen through the tension of the children's innocence and the suggestion of their adult lives. Tragedy and guilt contend with hope and goodness, producing a work that is just as much about the present as it is about the past. Drawing on themes of time, memory, beauty, and loss, paint is used to explore, celebrate, record, and remember.
Accomplishments / CV

2016 Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Studio Arts College International, Florence, Italy

2012 Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA


2017 Art as Living Space, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea (upcoming)

2016 The Waiting Room, personal studio, Exning, UK
U-Turn, Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, Italy
Hexahedron, Fadi Daoud Private Studio, Florence, Italy

2015 An Immersion into Culture, Consiglio Regionale della Toscana, Florence, Italy

2014 Body Archives, Museum of Anthropology, Florence, Italy

2012 Dance With Me, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois (solo)

2011 The Modern Art Process, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
NonWard Upward, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
Something from Summer, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois


2015 Holy, Holy, Holy, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Italy


2016 U-Turn, MFA Thesis Exhibition Catalogue, SACI, Florence, Italy

2016 The Pages Project, Coat[e]rak, Chicago, USA

2014 Featured Visual Artists, Untitled Publications, Dallas, USA


2016 Self-directed residency, Artist Resdiency in Motherhood, Exning, UK


Private Collections in Italy, UK, and USA

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