January 20, 1942 - December 11, 2000
IN MEMORY OF GAGE TAYLOR
by Uriel Dana
Gage Taylor was a professional fine artist for over 25 years. His oils
and gouaches have hung in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and in
eleven other countries, including the Whitney Museum in New York, the Paris
Biennalle, the Smithsonian, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.|
Among the magazines in which his work has appeared are Omni, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone. Reproductions of his paintings as note cards, book covers, album covers, and posters have been distributed all over the world. Gage has been a biographee in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and in Outstanding People of the 20th Century (Incorporating the Outstanding Achievement Awards).
Taylor first came into the public eye in the early 1970’s as one of the handful of artists who created the style known as “California Visionary Art”. His heightened landscapes, as art critic Michael Bell has written, “focus on natural essences, those dimensions which we perceive with more than our eyes, the realm of truth existing between the lines and shadows of real time and space.”
For the past 14 years, Taylor has also collaborated on paintings with artist Uriel Dana. He and Uriel have traveled as guests of the U.S. State Department, exhibiting their collaborative work and lecturing to artists in developing countries on how to make a living with their art.
What is Visionary Art?|
Uriel Dana has researched the subject thoroughly. She defines it this way. "Visionary art is an area of surrealism. (Surrealism just means more than one reality are put together, literally or symbolically.) There is classical surrealism, like Salvador Dali; social surrealism, like Irving Norman painting a cabillion cars on a freeway as a comment on overpopulation; and Visionary surrealism, which is spiritual in nature and consciously meant to uplift the viewer. It is not meant to be nightmarish, like some of the classical surrealism can be, or drug oriented, like psychedelic art. It is not about unicorns and rainbows."
|Gage left us on 12/11/2000, though for many of us, his spirit remains to
enrich our lives and illuminate our hope for a gentler and more compassionate tomorrow.|