"Pink and Black Floral" (T. Angela)

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Theresa Taylor (T. Angela) - Artist Statement           

Her artwork contains my precarious ideas of social, political, and cultural viewpoints and how she view the spirit of my own existence thru the colors and rhyme of movements.

Her themes are influenced by what I learned from the men in my life.  My subjects have principles and ideas that range from the Harlem Renaissance to the present generation.  She have developed a way to mimic what she see and feel thru mix medium to become uplifted positive ideas for  a better world.  It becomes sight and sounds on canvas. She recognizes herself as an urban, folk, and abstract expressionist with a quality of cubism but mainly a socially conscious artist..

She had attended The Art Institute in Arlington, Virginia.  She have been an art educator of children and young adults for ten years. She is associated with the City Art Mural program for children in New York City.  She worked at the PAL Program and the Boys and Girls Club in New York City. In May of 2014, she was given the wonderful opportunity to illustrate “Summertime in Philly”, a children’s book written by Cynthia Robinson Brown.

The gift of creating a story on canvas is so amazing to me. Using her art as a form of expression to identify the uniqueness of human beings, diverse political and cultural issues by using mix mediums to tell a story.  Imagine utilizing anther part of your brain to use a different language to think things thru.

Painting and drawing has always been a delicious obsession for me.  Each piece is creates is a different expression of folk history with an abstract flavor.  Her studies of graphic design have greatly influenced her style of painting. The perception of movement has its own conversation for me.  Undoubtedly, it is understood that her talent is a benefit worth exploring.

My Influences

She can give you some famous artists like Jacob Lawrence, Picasso and Maltese or even Billy D. Williams; but my influence comes from living and growing up in Harlem, New York and being a world traveler.  Her father and grandfather were artists.  As a child she learned how to draw abstractly and how to shade from my father at the young age of three.  My grandfather taught me how to appreciate music mainly Jazz/Swing which is shown in the rhythm and movements in each of my artwork.

Earl Drayton, my father, was the neighborhood local artist.  While painting murals around Harlem my father would always say that, he was misunderstood.  Clarence (Bad Boy) Palmer, my grandfather performed with great several great Jazz musicians such as Count Base, Duke Ellington, and Cab Callaway. She is continuing her family legacy by obtaining spiritual gratification by creating art pieces that are impelling with a sense of ethnic erythematous movement.  The use of mix medium along with acrylic, charcoal, and pencils besides my family culture merely classifies her as an urban, folk artist but an abstract expressionist.

Membership

  • Member of the Mispillion Art League, Milford, Delaware, Harlem Art Alliance, Harlem, New York, Member of the Inner City Cultural League, Dover Delaware

Teach Art to Children and /Art Specialist

  • 2017 - 2018 Created my own Children Visual Art Program, Dover, Delaware
  • 2016 - Dover Art League Creative Summer Camp, Dover Delaware
  • 2016 Taught drawing class at the Dover Art League
  • 2016 - Private Art Lesson affiliations with Dover Art League (DAL)
  • 2015 – Harlem Display in West Harlem Library and Sister Sister Book Store
  • 2015 - Park and Recreation, Dover, Delaware
  • 2014 - Pegasus Arts Program, Wilmington, DE (Boys and Girls Club)
  • 2014 - Dover Air Force Base – Art Instructor for Teens
  • 2013 - 2014 Inner City Cultural League, Dover, Delaware
  • 2012 - Workshops/Adults Baychester Visual Arts Association, Inc.
  • 2012 - Abbott House- Create and Teach Art Program
  • 2012 -2013 Boys & Girls Club teaching teenagers how to create storyboards thru multimedia tech comics while learning the technique of fine art
  • 2011 - Harrington Senior Center
  • 2009 - 2014 Inner City Cultural League
  • 2009 - 2011 Mispillion Art League Art Instructor for children
  • 2009 - 2010 Harrington Senior Center Art Instructor for seniors/create and administrate
  • 2007 - Student for Arts and Learning – Substitute Teacher
  • 2003 - Police Auxiliary League Art Specialist
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Exhibits

  • 2018 - Biggs Museum, Dover, Delaware
  • 2017 - Storefront in Urban Studio 73rd Street, New York City
  • 206  -  Dover Art League
  • 2015 – Harlem Display in West Harlem Library and Sister Sister Book Store, New York City
  • 2014 – Schwartz Art Center, Dover Delaware , Hispanic Heritage Celebration
  • 2012 – 2013 Black History Art Exhibit, Mispillion Art February Black History Month
  • 2012 - Art Exhibit Abbott House, Irvington, NY
  • 2012 - Striver Art Circuit Exhibit in Harlem
  • 2011 - 2012 Baychester Visual Arts Association, Inc.
  • 2011 - Art and Business NYC
  • 2011 Art Festivals in Eastern, Maryland, Whiteville, NC and Washington, DC
  • 2011 Mispillion Art League (MAL) Exhibit November to January Christmas Exhibit
  • 2011 Bonet & Friend June Exhibit
  • 2009 - 2014 Inner City Cultural League
  • 2009 - 2011 Mispillion Art League Art Instructor for children
  • 2009 - 2010 Harrington Senior Center Art Instructor for seniors/create and administrate
  • 2007 - Student for Arts and Learning – Substitute Teacher
  • 2003 - Police Auxiliary League Art Specialist

Artwork Continued Display

Dental Office, Dover, Delaware

Rehabilitation Therapies Office Dover, Delaware

Vapor Store, Dover, Delaware

Mt. Enon Baptist Church, Milford, Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Book Illustration

2018 Children’s Book: “Cassie meets Savannah and the Lunch” by Cindy Robinson

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2013 - 2014 Illustration of a Children Book called “Summer In Philly” by Cynthia Robinson Brown, illustration by T. Angela published Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Xelon press http://www.amazon.com/.../ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_QE9Atb074QD0N

 

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Volunteer Work

  • 2014 YAC Mural in Dover, Delaware, 2011 – 2012 CityArt Mural
  • 2017 - 2018 Hopes and Dreams -shelter program

Additional Information

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  • LinkedIn Theresa Angela Taylor

 

 

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