Wade Taylor is an early career artist from Perth, Western Australia. He completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia in 2012. While working primarily with paint his practise often extends to include investigations into sculpture and ceramics. With a bold painterly style, most works explore issues surrounding Australian identity and landscape. These issues feed common themes including notions of suburbia, nostalgia, the everyday, and cultural artefacts.
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.
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.
Eshay was his first solo exhibition and continued his investigation and interest in the Australian condition, centred on the problematic notion of Australian male culture.
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. These vacated sites are imbued with a resonant history and a narrative that is not always explicit, but lingering.
With his latest show Inland Sea, Wade turns his interest towards Western Australia’s haunting maritime past. This is a largely experimental body of work in paint and ceramics that seeks 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
Wade was recently a finalist in the prestigious Joondalup Invitation art award along with 17 other artists including Paul Kaptein and Jurek Wybraniec and in 2018 developed work for shows at Traffic Jam Galleries (NSW) and Stala Contemporary (WA).
Wade's upcoming show Totalled at Ron Nyisztor Gallery (WA) surveys the idea of the disaster in Perth, events that have rocked and captured the collective conscience of a city. This body of work is a reflection on the nature of accident and havoc in a place not usually beset by natural disaster or catastrophic events
Selected Exhibition Record
Ron Nyisztor Gallery, Totalled, May 28-June 9
Traffic Jam Galleries (NSW) Untitled, Group show
Fridays Studio, Stala Contemporary, Reincarnation, Group show
The Orangery, Untitled, Group show
Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award
Inland Sea, Turner Galleries, September
Bin Night, Hive Art Space, May
Fertile, Free. Spectrum Gallery, July 21 - August 5
I think I'm a Genius (group show), Ink Remedy Gallery
Eshay, Paper Mountain, September 12-28
Mate, Paper Mountain
Rough Diamond, Free Range Gallery
UWA Graduate Exhibition, University of WA
Group, Cullity Gallery UWA
SWAP, Showcase Gallery
Collie Art Prize, WA, 2018. Finalist
Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award. Finalist
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. Best Visual Arts Show for Mate (group)
City of Joondalup Art Collection
ECU Permanent Collection