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


2019

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


2018

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


2017

Joondalup Invitation Art Award

Inland Sea, Turner Galleries, solo show

Bin Night, Hive Art Space


2016

Fertile, Free. Spectrum Gallery, solo show

I think I'm a Genius, Ink Remedy Gallery, group show


2015

Eshay, Paper Mountain, solo show

Mate, Paper Mountain, group show


2014

Rough Diamond, Free Range Gallery, dual solo show


Recognition

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)


Collections

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.