Wade Taylor is an early career artist from Perth, Western Australia. He completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia. While working primarily with paint his practice often extends to include investigations into sculpture and ceramics. Most works explore issues surrounding Australian identity and landscape. These issues feed common themes including notions of suburbia, nostalgia, the everyday, and cultural artefacts.
Selected Exhibition Record
Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, group
Looking Now Anyone Here, Paper Mountain, with Ben Bannan and Brent Harrison
Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place, Nyisztor Studio, trio show
Bloom, Stala Contemporary, solo show
WIP, Stala Contemporary, group show
Treasured, Wanneroo Cultural Centre Gallery, group museum show
Pure Contemplation Without Knowledge, Nyisztor Studio, group show
Cut it Out, Smart Casual Gallery, group show
Totalled, Nyisztor Studio, solo show
Untitled, Traffic Jam Galleries (NSW), group show
Reincarnation, Friday’s Studio, Stala Contemporary, group show
Untitled, The Orangery, group show
Joondalup Invitation Art Award
Inland Sea, Turner Galleries, solo show
Bin Night, Hive Art Space
Fertile, Free. Spectrum Gallery, solo show
I think I'm a Genius, Ink Remedy Gallery, group show
Eshay, Paper Mountain, solo show
Mate, Paper Mountain, group show
Rough Diamond, Free Range Gallery, dual solo show
Bunbury Biennale 2019
Minnawarra Art Award, WA, 2019, Finalist
Midwest Art Prize, WA, 2019, Finalist
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, NSW, 2018, Finalist
Busselton Art Award, WA, 2018, Emerging artist winner
Perth Royal Show Landscape Prize, WA, 2018, Finalist
City of Melville Art Award, WA, 2018, Melville award winner
Wanneroo Art Prize, WA, 2018. Finalist
Collie Art Prize, WA, 2018. Finalist
Joondalup Invitation Art Award, 2017
South Perth Art prize, WA, 2017, Winner Local Theme award
Perth Royal Show Landscape Prize, WA, 2017, Finalist
Busselton Art Award, WA, 2016. Finalist
Noosa Art Award, NSW, 2016. Finalist
Perth Fringe Festival 2015. Winner Best Visual Arts Show for Mate (group)
City of Joondalup Art Collection
Edith Cowan Permanent Collection
City of Perth Art Collection
Wade's most recent exhibition is Bloom, at Stala Contemporary West Perth. This body of work explores the relationship between painting and the film image, between personal memory and its connection with the histories of those who are strangers. Working from a long-ago acquired collection of Kodachrome film slides, Wade interprets images and worlds that he has had no direct experience with. Locations, subjects and time periods are unknown but through the process of painting the subjects take on a personal dimension, borrowing memories and elaborating, editing, and drawing out narrative. The work is a process of restoring life to forgotten histories.
Totalled at Nyisztor Studio (WA) surveyed the idea of the disaster in Perth, events that have rocked and captured the collective conscience of a city. These works are a reflection on the nature of accident and havoc in a place not usually beset by natural disaster or catastrophic events.
With Inland Sea at Turner Galleries, Wade turned his interest towards Western Australia’s turbulent maritime past. This largely experimental body of work in paint and ceramics sought to explore new territory within his expanding practice. The works in this exhibition respond to the material objects and items salvaged from the wrecks. They function as contemporised archaeological artefacts and stand as a product of his historical and location based research.
Fertile, Free delved deeper into the suburban idea of landscape by exploring the charged nature of vacant 'non-spaces' and their' ability to evoke human physicality.
Eshay was his first solo exhibition and continued his investigation and interest in the Australian condition, centred on the notion of Australian male culture.
He appeared alongside artists such as Bruce Slatter, Tarryn Gil and Dave Attwood in the group show Mate featured at Paper Mountain and curated by Carla Adams for the 2015 Perth Fringe Festival, winning the prize of Best Visual Arts Show for the festival.
Wade had his first major show in 2014 at Free Range Gallery with fellow artist and friend Carla Adams. Part of the Perth Winter Arts festival calendar, Rough Diamond explored, recreated and celebrated the life and world of a stranger found on Instagram.