The Art of Color with Andy Taylor – The Sopris Sun

On Thursday, July 21, Ann Korologos Gallery on Basalt’s Midland Avenue presented a new collection of work by Carbondale artist Andy Taylor. It was the opening night and entertainers reception for Taylor’s personal exhibition entitled “The Art of Color”, presenting landscapes painted in oil or pastel.

Taylor, who has his studio in downtown Carbondale, has been painting scenes in the valley for five decades, rarely going more than an hour out of town for the subjects of his landscapes. However, its landscape is not always what one immediately thinks of when one thinks of the Valley. Instead of postcard views of Mount Sopris or the Crystal Mill, Taylor chooses “insignificant scenes” – places and intimate subjects that one might normally pass by in a car, on a hike or on a river trip.

“The Art of Color” collection has specifically brought together Taylor’s most recent body of work. Most of the pieces included are expansive, expressive landscapes of oils on linen, as well as smaller pieces of pastel on paper. The collection is marked by warm, expressive colors – fields of purples, golds and violets for groves of trees and brush. Many pieces forgo sharp detail and texture for vast clouds that, along with Taylor’s unique color choice, evoke not just the image but the memory of the places he renders. Taylor was kind enough to be interviewed about her process and this new collection.

Where do you normally encounter the subjects you paint, and what is there in a scene that will tell you to document it?

I walk or drive, I draw, I draw again, maybe I’m thinking about what I’ve drawn, I’m trying to decide what I think is a good painting, how big that painting might be – and I’ll at work. I have a large reservoir of drawings, and at this point in my life, I have a large reservoir of memories that I can draw on for inspiration. Usually I have an idea of ​​where I want to go, but often I draw to and from the destination I have in mind. I’ll stop for anything that catches my eye – weeds on the side of the road, exciting clouds, fences, color – anything.

Do the colors you choose come directly from what you see, or is there more interpretation that goes into their choice?

I push the saturation of the colors I see. If I see a muddy gray purple, I might try to get rid of the muddy gray. I see purple, why not paint it purple. Whether I’m working from drawings or from memory, I find it important to remember why I stopped drawing or why this memory is important. Often it was the color or the color combinations.

Where are the pastels in your creative process? Do they exist as part of the development of other pieces, and/or do they occupy a different niche within the body of your work?

Pastels exist at two levels: some are made without the intention of ever being paintings; others are made for the purpose of making a painting. The one thing they have in common, like most designs, is exploration, experimentation, discovery and invention.

Are there places you revisit often and are there favorite places that have changed over the last decades of your career?

I used to go places with the specific intention of drawing – Arches was one of the first places, but it was too crowded. Then it was Needles, then Capitol Reef – I’d like to go back to Capitol Reef in flower season. I take my sketchbook with me wherever I go, whether it’s on a specific sketching trip or not. Recently, I drew between here and Salt Lake City where I have to go three or four times a year.

What is it about the Valley itself that you love enough to make it pretty much your only subject at this point?

The valley is where I live. It’s a nice place — climate, geography, people. I think wherever I could live I could find something to paint, but it would be different.

The exhibition “The Art of Color” ended on July 31. The Ann Korologos Gallery, while no longer hosting Taylor’s solo show, will host several other exhibits of western art throughout the summer, including Michael Wisner’s geometric ceramics “Form and Pattern,” on view through August 18. To see some of Taylor’s work available for purchase online, visit

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