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 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.
Wade's most recent exhibition 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. 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.
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 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.
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.
Wade was a finalist in the prestigious Joondalup Invitation art award ’17 and in 2018 developed work for shows at Traffic Jam Galleries (NSW), Stala Contemporary (WA) and Nyisztor Studio (WA). Wade is currently working towards a solo exhibition at Murray House Heathcote in early 2019
Selected Exhibition Record
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 Community Invitation Art Award
Inland Sea, Turner Galleries
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, double solo show
City of Joondalup Art Collection
Edith Cowen Permanent Collection
City of Perth Art Collection
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, NSW, Finalist
Busselton Art Award, WA, 2018, Emerging artist winner
Perth Royal Show Landscape Prize, WA, Sept 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. 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. Winner Best Visual Arts Show for Mate (group)